In 1964, in what was known as Operation Brother Sam, US president Lyndon B. Johnson sent the Forrestal to support a military Coup d'état on Brazilian democratically elected progressive president João Goulart. The USS Forrestal was sent to Rio de Janeiro waters with orders to support the Brazilian coupists under the guise of a military exercise. The coup was successful and Brazilian loyalist troops and leaders gave up resisting the coup due to the likelihood of civil war bloodshed due to the presence of American superior military support for the coupists.
The coup led to a twenty year lasting military dictatorship in Brazil.
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