A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Setting & Symbolism

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Korea

Korea is a small country between Japan, China and Russia. The United States held the south after World War II, and Russia held the north until the north invaded the south in 1950. The war in Korea was John Vann's first experience with war, since he was in pilot training when World War II ended.

Vietnam

Vietnam is a country that lies along the borders of Laos and Cambodia south of China. After World War II, the American government became concerned with the communist-led guerrillas in North Vietnam and communism's possible spread to South Vietnam. The American government sent military advisors to Vietnam to stop this spread, and although war was never officially declared, America lost more soldiers in the course of the Vietnam conflict than almost all wars America fought previously.

Norfolk, Virginia

John Paul Vann was born and spent most of his childhood in Norfolk.

My Tho

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