Responses to Vietnam

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Canada and Latin America

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  • 20 thousand Canadians enlisted in the American military in order to fight against the Vietcong. This was done quietly and not officially. Like Americans, many Canadians felt the necessity to defeat Communism.
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  • The Canadian government and its people harbored tens of thousands of American "draft dodgers" as they also believed that it was not a good idea to start a war in Vietnam. 
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  • At the end of the Vietnam war in April of 1975, there would be a total of 134 dead Canadian volunteer soldiers. They played a small part but some young Canadian men made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Franco- "Maybe the U.S. will support us militarily and economically if we support them in Vietnam..."
  • The Spanish secretly supported the U.S. in Vietnam by sending over an army medical corps staff to tend to injured soldiers
  • The U.S. was grateful for the support from Spain. After the war they became close allies and trading partners.
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