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Originally posted by allenidaho
No, the first attack happened. The USS Maddox did come under fire. It was the second attack that never actually happened.
The NSA claimed the second attack took place, but it didn't. In all actuality, there were no enemy vessels in the gulf at the time. Only some salvage vessels which were salvaging ships from the first attack.
The USS Maddox and another ship, I forget the name, were receiving false radar signals due to bad weather conditions and were firing at these signals. But nothing was actually there.