• Dien Bien Phu

    French resolve to carry on war shattered by this North Vietnamese victory
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail

    North Vietnam creates a supply route for VC
  • US becomes actively involved

    Kennedy sends 3,000 US advisors to South Vietnam
  • Operation Rangeland

    Operation with goal of clearing vegetation and incorporating the use of Agent Orange
  • Gulf of Tonkin Attack

    Allegedly, the U.S.S. Maddox ship was attacked here. President Johnson in response orders American jets to bomb two naval bases and destroy a major oil facility.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Unoffical declaration of war- Pres. Johnson is given unlimited power in Southeast Asia in response to Gulf of Tonkin incident
  • Rolling Thunder Begins

    President Johnson authorizes a long bombing offense to stop Vietminh support of Vietcong Guerrillas
  • Johnson commits over 60,000 troops

    After failed peace agreement Johnson greatly increases U.S. occupation
  • US Offers Peace for Economic Aid Proposal

    The U.S. offers economic aid in exchange for peace. The offer was initially rejected. President Johnson then sent over 60,000 more troops to Vietnam.
  • First Major Battle For American Units

    An imminent attack against the U.S. Marine Base at Chu Lai is revealed from a Vietcong deserter. After, the U.S. launches Operation Starlight. The U.S. won with 700 Vietcong soldiers dead.
  • Troops total 385,000

    At the end of 1966, American forces reach 385,000 with an additional 60,000 sailors offshore. U.S. death tolls reach 6,000 and 30,000 wounded. Vietcong, however, have an estimated 61,000 deaths with over 210,000 troops.
  • Operation Junction City

    The goal of this peration was to destroy Vietcong bases and military headquarters in South Vietnam. One of the largest air-moble assaults and succeded in capturing large quantities of stores, equipment, and weapons.
  • Khe Sanh Attacked By Vietcong

    The Marine base at Khe Sanh is attacked by Vietcong with 18 dead soldiers instantly and 40 more wounded. Initial attack lasted two days.
  • Tet Offensive begins

    Over 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam shock attacked on the Tet holiday. By the end of the battles, 37,000 Vietcong were dead and many were wounded or captured. The fighting created over half a million refugees and over 2,500 Americans lost.
  • My Lai Massacre

    U.S. Charlie Company massacres the village of My Lai. Only one member of the company is later found guilty. Brought to light the questionable conduct of the war.
  • Rolling Thunder Ends

    Operation Rolling Thunder finally ends after three and a half years with 819 pilots dead or missing and hundreds in captivity. 182,000 North Vietnamese civilians and 20,000 Chinese support personnel are dead.
  • Nixon Takes Office

    President Richard M. Nixon takes office as the new President of the United States. With regard to Vietnam, he promises to achieve "Peace With Honor."
  • Operation Menu

    Nixon authorizes Operation Menu, the bombing of North Vietnamese and Vietcong bases within Cambodia.
  • Agent Orange Use Ends

    After being banned in the late 1960's, Agent Orange use in the war finally stops
  • All But 133,000 Troops Home

    Only 133,000 U.S. servicemen remain in South Vietnam. Two thirds of America's troops have gone in two years. The ground war is now almost exclusively the responsibility of South Vietnam, which has over 1,000,000 men enlisted in its armed forces.
  • Peace Talks Break Down

    In Paris, peace talks between the North Vietnamese and the Americans breakdown.
  • Peace Talks Resume

    North Vietnam and the United States resume peace talks in Paris.
  • Cease Fire Signed

    All warring parties in the Vietnam War sign a cease fire.
  • Crook Resigns

    Nixon resigns. South Vietnam is left without its strongest advocate.
  • Last Casualties and Final Evacuation

    At 4:03 a.m., two U.S. Marines are killed in a rocket attack at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport. They are the last Americans to die in the Vietnam War. At dawn, the last Marines of the force guarding the U.S. embassy lift off. Only hours later, looters ransack the embassy, and North Vietnamese tanks role into Saigon, ending the war. In 15 years, nearly a million NVA and Vietcong troops and a quarter of a million South Vietnamese soldiers have died. Hundreds of thousands of civilians had been kille