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Tonkin Gulf Incident

Admiral David L. McDonald

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Admiral David L. McDonald

17th Chief of Naval Operations: 1 August 1963 – 1 August 1967

 

Following the Tonkin Gulf Incident, in which three North Vietnamese torpedo boats exchanged fire with USS Maddox (DD-731), the United States began expanding its role in trying to contain Communism in Southeast Asia.