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The number of American military personnel in Vietnam increased dramatically, from 16,000 advisors in non-combat roles in 1963 to 525,000 in 1967, many in combat roles.American casualties soared and the peace process bogged down.In 1926, Johnson managed to enroll at SWTSTC (now Texas State University).He worked his way through school, participated in debate and campus politics, and edited the school newspaper, The College Star.In school, Johnson was an awkward, talkative youth and was elected president of his 11th-grade class.He graduated in 1924 from Johnson City High School, where he participated in public speaking, debate, and baseball.; August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States from 1961 to 1963.A Democrat from Texas, he also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate.
In domestic policy, Johnson designed the "Great Society" legislation by expanding civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the arts, urban and rural development, public services, and his "War on Poverty".At age 15, Johnson was the youngest member of his class.Pressured by his parents to attend college, he enrolled at a "subcollege" of Southwest Texas State Teachers College (SWTSTC) in the summer of 1924, where students from unaccredited high schools could take the 12th-grade courses needed for admission to college.Johnson is ranked favorably by many historians because of his domestic policies and the passage of many major laws that affected civil rights, gun control, wilderness preservation, and Social Security.
He also drew substantial criticism for his handling of the Vietnam War.Johnson's grandfather, Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr., was raised as a Baptist, and for a time was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).