• Dien Bien Phu

    N. Vietnam troops take over French command post at Dien Bien Phu. N. Vietnam had succeeded but lost 8,000 men and had 12,000 wounded. The French only had 3,000 dead and had 8,000 wounded. The victory surprised even the N.Vietnamese
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  • Creation of the Ho Chi Minh trail

    The N. Vietnamese Army unit group 559, built a trail to bring supplies from N. Vietnam to N. Vietnamese troops that were fighting in South Vietnam. This trail ran mostly along the Vietnamese/Cambodian border. This trail was named the Ho Chi Minh trail.
  • United States becomes actively involved

    President JFK sends new equipment such as food,water,guns,and simple provisions as well as 3,000 men for advisors and support personnel to the S. Vietnamese war effort to defend from the N. Vietnamese.
  • Operation Ranchhand

    This operation was to reduce the amount of ambushes on US convoys that were travelling on the highways. The U.S basically got rid of all vegetation near highways using agent orange this poisoned many vietnamese crops.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Attack

    South Vietnamese troops attacked two, small North Vietnam islands in the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave President Johnson power to do whatever he needed to defend southeast Asia.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    President Johnson approved bombing N. Korea for three years to reduce N. Korean guerrilla warfare tactics
  • US offers peace for economic aid proposal

    The U.S proposed a treaty . If we give N. Korea econmonic aid they have to declare a cease fire or peace.
  • President Johnson commits over 60,000 troops to Vietnam.

    When N. Korea turned down the economic aid for peace Johnson commited 60,000 troops to the S. Vietnames war effort
  • First major battle of Vietnam War for American Units

    The U.S. starts operation starlight which starts the fist major battle in vietnam. With 700 viet cong dead and we only lost 45 men it was a great victory
  • Operation Junction City

    This operation was said to be one of the largest air-mobile attacks ever having 240 helicopters fly over Tay Ninh province. The main goal of this operation was to destroy enemy bases and headquarters, weakening the enemy side. 30,000 US troops took place in this, along with 5,000 South Vietnamese troops! This lasted 72 days
  • Khe Sanh attacked by Vietcong

    At 5:30 am, an attack was placed against Khe Sanh. 18 marines were killed and 40 were injured. Attacks followed for 2 more days.
  • Tet Offensive begins

    This was an attack by the viet cong a full on offensive of 100 cities 37,000 vietcong died and 2500 americans losing public support causing hippies
  • My Lai massacre

    The United States Charlie Company murderd 200 of the My Lai people
  • Nixon takes office

    NIxon took ofice and told americans that he would take 500,000 troops out of Vietnam
  • Operation Menu

    This was the operation to bomb vietcong bases in cambodia by bombing them alot a half million tons of explosive to be exact
  • All but 133,000 US troops have come home

    self explanatory
  • Peace talks break down

    the peace talks stop
  • Peace talks resume

    Peace talks resume in Paris France
  • Cease fire signed

    Everyone in the Vietnam War signed a cease fire.
  • Nixon resigns

  • Last casualties for the US and final evacuation.

    at 4:03 am 2 marines were killed in the Tan Son Nhut airport