"body counts from the evening war"

Over 58,000 American soldiers (2,654 from Michigan) died during the Vietnam War, which lasted between 1955 and 1975. The US government became involved as a means to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam, and US troop levels tripled in 1961 and 1962, with combat units deployed from 1965. Following the Tet Offensive of 1968, US ground forces were gradually withdrawn as part of Vietnamization, a policy designed to give an increasing role to South Vietnam troops.