Solano County

Solano supervisors to mark 50th anniversary of Vietnam War’s start

By August 06, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors will honor Vietnam veterans Tuesday with a resolution to mark the unofficial start of U.S. involvement in the war.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution and a time to remember and honor Vietnam veterans, according to a county press release. Solano County is home to more than 40,000 veterans, with approximately 10,000 of them who actually served with boots on the ground in Vietnam.

President Lyndon B. Johnson presented the Tonkin Gulf Resolution to Congress on Aug. 5, 1964, which Congress passed overwhelmingly on Aug. 7, 1964. Although there was never a declaration of war, many view the “official” start of the Vietnam War on this day.

The Tonkin Gulf Resolution authorized the chief executive authority “to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.” The resolution also suggested that the nation was ready “to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty requesting assistance in defense of freedom.”

Solano County Veteran Services Office officials encourage all Vietnam veterans, veterans service organizations, families of fallen veterans and anyone interested in honoring those who fought in Vietnam to attend the meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. and takes place in the Board of Supervisors chamber at 675 Texas St. in Fairfield.

For more information, call the Veteran Services Office at 784-6590.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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