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The Box by Marc Levinson

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Chapter 9

 

 

Vietnam

In the winter of 1965, the United States government began a rapid buildup of military forces in Vietnam. In the process, it created what may have been the greatest logistical mess in the history of the U.S. armed forces. The resolution of that mess represented containerization’s coming of age.1

Few places on earth were less suited to supporting a modern military force than South Vietnam in early 1965. The entire country, seven hundred miles long from north to south, had a single deepwater port, one railroad line that was largely inoperative, and a fragmentary highway system, mostly unpaved. The tasks of providing civilian aid and supplying the U.S. military “advisers” who had worked in Vietnam since the late 1950s—there ...

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