President Nixon Visits Midway

June 8, 1969 – President Nixon and South Vietnam President Thieu conduct cecret meetings at Midway, in The Midway House (the Officer-in-Charge House, property number 414).  Nixon announced that 25,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn by the end of August. The two parties emphasized that South Vietnamese forces would replace U.S. forces. Along with this announcement of the first U.S. troop withdrawal, Nixon discussed what would become known as “Vietnamization.” Under this new policy, Nixon intended to initiate steps to increase the combat capability of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces so that the South Vietnamese would eventually be able to assume full responsibility for the war.

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