Did a Glowing Sea Creature Help Push the U.S. Into the Vietnam War? - The Atlantic

On August 4, 1966, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy, both destroyers, were ordered on spy patrols in the Gulf of Tonkin. A storm struck and "Crews aboard the two destroyers thought they detected small, fast-moving vessels that mimicked the attack patterns of the North Vietnamese torpedo boats. For several hours, the two ships defended themselves, performing high-speed evasive maneuvers, firing almost 650 cannon shells and several depth charges into salty darkness." As a result, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a public announcement of an “unprovoked attack� in international waters, leading to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which fully committed the US to the conflict in Vietnam. When marine biologist Todd Newberry ran into the Turner Joy’s sonarman, he recognized the marine organisms that matched the sonarman's description of what happened that night. Read on to discover the nature of the rare but non-cryptozoological culprits that were undoubtedly involved in the crisis that drove the US past the point of no return in the Vietnam War. (PH)

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