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Military Assistance and Advisory Group
The Military Assistance and Advisory Group of the United States was established in September 1950 to advise the French in its fight against the Viet Minh, who were fighting for an independent Vietnam. Also known as MAAG Indochina.
After the French defeat, it was renamed the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) in 1954, when the United States became more deeply involved in the conflict between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, which would lead to the full scale Vietnam War.
During its existence, it had a series of three commanders: Francis G. Brink , Thomas J. H. Trapnell , and John W. O'Daniel .
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