• Dien Bien Phu

    Northwest corner of Vietnam. Battle between Nationalist forces under the direction of General Vo Nguyen Giap and the allied French troops. Battle lasted 55 days, 3 thousand French troops were killed, Viet Minh lost 8 thousand men. Vietnemese victory.
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail

    A North Vietnamese Army unit, Group 559, is formed to create a supply route from North Vietnam to Vietcong forces in South Vietnam. Becomes known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
  • US becomes involved

    President John F. Kennedy orders more help for South Vietnam. American helicopters arrive at docks in South Vietnam
  • Operation Rangeland

    Destroyed the vegatation so that the Vietcong could be seen easier.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Attack

    South Vietnamese commandos attack two small North Vietnamese islands in the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Johnson the power to take whatever actions he sees necessary to defend southeast Asia.
  • Rolling Thunder

    Long bombing, the goal was to force North Vietnam to stop supporting South Guerillas
  • US offers Peace

    U.S. offers North Vietnam economic aid in exchange for peace, but the offer is rejected.
  • 60,000Troops

    Johnson sends 60,000 troops to Vietnam.
  • Fisrt Major Battle

    General William Westmoreland launches the first major battle by American ground forces in Vietnam.
  • Operation Junction City

    240 helicopters sweep over Tay Ninh province, The goal is to destroy Vietcong bases and the Vietcong military headquarters for South Vietnam. After 72 days, Junction City ends.
  • Nixon takes Office

    Promises to achieve "Peace with Honor."
    Lets half a million US troops return home.
  • Khe Sanh Attack

    At 5:30 a.m., Khe Sanh is attacked. Eighteen Marines are killed instantly, 40 are wounded.
  • Tet Offensive

    On the Tet holiday, Vietcong units surge into action over the length and breadth of South Vietnam. In more than 100 cities and towns. 37,000 Vietcong troops killed.
  • My Lai Massacre

    US kills about 200 civilians
  • Operation Menu

    Bombing, more than half a million bombs, North Vietnam and Vietcong bases in Cambodia
  • Troops come home

    All but 133,000 troops have come home. The remainig stay in South Vietnam
  • Peace Talks

    Break down in Paris between North Vietnam and U.S.
  • Peace Talks resume

    North Vietnam and US in Paris
  • Cease Fire

    All the parties involved in the war sign.
  • Nixon Resigns

    Leaves South Vietnam without its strongest advocate.
  • Casualties and Last Evacuation

    During a rocket attack at Saigon Sten San Nhut Airport, two US marines are killed.