Sailing into history


This chart depicts the patrol route of the U.S.S. Maddox from July 30 to August 2, 1964. The Maddox sailed into the Gulf of Tonkin, off the North Vietnamese coast on July 31. The ship’s path is shown as a black line with dots representing her location on a date and time (expressed in 24-hour increments). A notation on the chart notes the Maddox was attacked on August 2 by three North Vietnamese torpedo boats at 4:07 p.m. Note that four American F-8 aircraft attacked the boats, destroying one in the water

National Archives, Lyndon B. Johnson Library


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