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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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SACSA, Tet, and Policy Review

SACSA, Tet, and Policy Review

(p.199) 13 SACSA, Tet, and Policy Review
General William E. DePuy

Henry G. Gole

University Press of Kentucky

Major General DePuy was regarded as one of the most knowledgeable officials in the U.S. government in terms of information regarding Vietnam after his earlier work in counterinsurgency and his three years in Vietnam. From March 15, 1967, he served as the Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities (SACSA) with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Tet offensive thus served as the war's turning point. While DePuy was in Vietnam, the United States underwent a social revolution. The significant events of this period include mass demonstrations, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and the burning of various American cities. It was during this period that DePuy was able to prove how he had served as a sophisticated political player as well as a teacher of American history to his children.

Keywords:   SACSA, Tet, Vietnam, social revolution, American history, political player

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