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Preparing a Response

Roughly two days after a North Vietnamese attack on the U.S.S. Maddox off the Gulf of Tonkin, President Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara consider their options for responding to a second such attack.

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President Lyndon Baines Johnson, thirty-sixth President of the United States, 1963-1969.

Biographical sketch from American President.

Newspaper Article Robert McNamara was Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968.

Biographical sketch from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


AudioLBJ Daily Diary, August 4, 1964.

New York Times, front page, August 5, 1964.

AudioTelegram from the Commander in Chief, Pacific (Sharp) to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Wheeler), August 4, 1964 | Source: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian.

Audio Telephone Conversation Tapes WH6408.04.4658, Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum. Raw audio file available at the Miller Center's Scripps Library.

AudioTrack of USS Maddox, July 31 - August 2, 1964. Source: Department of the Navy | Naval Historical Center.