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Photo of Soldiers. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2016.

The photo above shows American GIs approaching a Vietnamese village with some element of caution during a “search and destroy” mission.

Which of the follow explains why the U.S. military ordered such missions during the war?


To eliminate Vietcong strongholds thought to be hiding within these South Vietnamese villages.


To force North Vietnamese villagers to surrender to the American military.


To evacuate the South Vietnamese and re-locate them to prisoner-of-war camps.


To clear the village and surrounding areas in preparation for the military’s “carpet-bombing” of the region.


To destroy the serious cholera and malaria epidemics that were ravaging both the American military and South Vietnamese population.

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