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The Early Years

In 1950, while Communist North Korea was invading the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Ho Chi Minh's movement was fighting to unify French Indochina under Communist rule. The United States sent naval and military advisors to Saigon to aid the French in their fight. During the next 15 years, the U.S. Navy assisted refugees fleeing Ho's harsh rule in northern Vietnam, made "show the flag" visits to the new Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), and helped build the Vietnam Navy.

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