Bloodiest year of the Vietnam War comes to an end
Forces on both sides suffered their highest number of casualties this year. An estimated 181,150 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were killed and more than 43,400 Allied troops were killed, 14,584 of whom were Americans.
This brought the total number of Americans slain since 1961 up to 31,000 with more than 200,000 wounded.
One of the leading causes of the high casualty number was the Tet Offensive launched by communists in the early weeks of the year. While it was technically a military defeat for the communists, they won a psychological victory over the Allies because of the surprisingly high number of casualties incurred and uncorrected exaggerations by the media.
On March 31st of that year, President Johnson announced he would neither seek nor accept the Democratic nomination for president.
Featured Image: Two US soldiers in Vietnam in flak-jackets and cloth covered steel helmets, April 11th, 1968. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express/Getty Images)