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800px-USS Maddox (DD-731) underway at sea, circa the early 1960s (NH 97900)

USS Maddox (DD-731), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer

This conspiracy is historical fact.

The USS Maddox conspiracy concerned US naval ship Maddox intentionally engaging in inactivates that would stir provocation from the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin, with an agenda to get more directly involved in the Vietnam War.


According to Kool-Aid Wikipedia's rewrite of American history, using Robert J. Hanyok (1964) as its source, on August 2, 1964, USS Maddox was pursued by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats. Maddox fired three warning shots and the North Vietnamese boats then attacked with torpedoes and machine gun fire.[1] Any facts regarding the North Vietnamese attack on Maddox were muddied by the time news reached the American public.[2] Interestingly, former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara admitted that no such attack ever happened.[3]

Once declassified, intelligence documents revealed that the USS Maddox had provided support for South Vietnamese attacks on a nearby island and that the North Vietnamese were responding in kind, according to the U.S. Naval Institute. Thus, the events given by Wikipedia's Hanyok (1964) source may not have happened at all, in light of McNamara's testimony. The lie was enough to have “opened the floodgates for direct American military involvement in Vietnam.”[2]