Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Sixty-five years ago today, June 27, 1950, President Harry S Truman signed an order directing American naval and air forces to be sent to South Korea.
The President's order came two days after North Korean troops invaded South Korea. President Truman said this action was necessary to enforce the resolution of the United Nations Security Council calling for an end to the hostilities in Korea.
President Truman said...
"The attack upon Korea makes it plain...that Communism will use armed invasion & war."
According to the New York Times, the President also increased the number of American forces in the Philippines and increased military assistance to French and Vietnam forces fighting against the communists in Southeast Asia.
Ambassador Alan G. Kirk was also dispatched to Moscow to ask the Soviets to help bring an end to the hostilities in Korea. The Times reported that the Pentagon was instructed by President Truman "to fight only below the 38th Parallel.".
The action by President Truman met with universal support from the Congress and the American people.
"Truman Orders U.S. Air, Navy Units to Fight In Aid of Korea; U.N. Council Supports Him; Our Fliers in Action, Fleet Guards Formosa," by Anthony Leviero, The New York Times, June 28, 1950, On This Day, The New York Times Company, www.nytimes.com/
JFK APPOINTS HENRY CABOT LODGE, JR. AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH VIETNAM
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, June 27, 1963, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. was appointed United States ambassador to South Vietnam by President John F. Kennedy.
Lodge, who replaced Frederick E. Nolting, also defeated by John F. Kennedy in his bid to be re-elected to the United States Senate from Massachusetts in 1952.
Lodge would serve as ambassador until June 1964 when he resigned to make a bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. HCL later returned to South Vietnam for a 2 year term as ambassador.