U.S.S. Maddox Attacked

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August 2, 1964

U.S.S. Maddox Attacked

The U.S.S. Maddox is attacked by North Vietnamese PT boats. The Maddox had been sailing in the Gulf of Tonkin since July 28, 1964, to support covert South Vietnamese forces operating against North Vietnamese shore installations. The American ship fights off the PT boats, which launch 3 torpedos, none of which strike the Maddox. On August 3, the Maddox is joined by the USS Turner Joy in the Gulf. That night, it is reported that the Turner Joy was attacked. It is later discovered that the attack never happened.

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