South Vietnam’s president Ngo Dinh Diem (left) visiting a refugee settlement during May 1956 shortly before he refused to participate in what were planned to be internationally supervised Vietnam-wide elections.
Nixon visits South Vietnam, July 30, 1969. In his first term as president, Richard Nixon promised the American public that he would reduce U.S. troop levels in Vietnam. He pursued a plan he called "Vietnamization," whereby the U.S. would gradually withdraw from the war, leaving the South Vietnamese army to shoulder the bulk of the fighting. Despite his pledge to bring American G.I.s home, American ground troop levels in Vietnam remained high and the Nixon administration expanded the war into the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia. In 1973, during Nixon's final year in office, the last U.S. combat soldiers left Vietnam, but military advisers and some Marines remained.
Image of the 2008-2009 Trustees Cabinet.. The photograph contains (from left to right back row) Mason M. Bishop, Vice President of Institutional Advancement; Dennis Klaus, Vice President of Business Services; Joe Peterson, Ph.D., Vice President for Instruction; (from left to right front row) Troy Justesen, Vice President for Workforce, Professional and Literacy Development; Cynthia A. Bioteau, Ph.D., President; Deneece Huftalin, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Services.
On Monday, March 31, 1969 at 11:00 AM, Utah Tech held a memorial service in memory of former President Dwight David Eisenhower. This was the date that President Richard Nixon proclaimed as a national day of mourning in honor of Former President Eisenhower. Governor Rampton had asked Utah Schools to conduct memorial services. President Jay L. Nelson delivered the Moment of Silence and Comments portion of the program. Both the Program and the comments made by President Nelson are included in this document.