America's Involvement In Vietnam

Timeline created by Lee Brickman
  • The Golf Of Tonkin Incident

    The Golf Of Tonkin Incident
    The USS Maddox is allegedly attacked while sailing near the eastern coast of Vietnam, an area known as the Gulf of Tonkin. This conflict would lead to the American congress passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which allowed President Lyndon B. Johnson and America's armed forces to take direct action against the Northern Vietnamese. This sparked America's direct involvement in the conflict over Vietnam.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Lyndon B. Johnson along with the US Airforce launch a three year bombing campaign known as Operation Rolling Thunder designed to cripple the Northern Vietnamese forces as well as destroy the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
  • Operation Starlite

    Operation Starlite
    Operation Starlite marks the first ground offensive lead by the American forces in Vietnam. The United States emerges victorious after roughly 6 days of combat, sustaining only 254 casualties of their 5500 man regiment.
  • The Tet Offensive

    The Tet Offensive
    The Tet offensive was a massive attack on the key strategic military positions and Cities of southern Vietnam,conducted by the North Vietnamese this attack consisted of roughly 85 000 soldiers. US deaths reached roughly 3900 and key Cities such as Hue were lost to the communist forces.
  • The My Lai Slaughter

    The My Lai Slaughter
    Over a time period of roughly 4 hours the American army manages to slaughter over 500 unarmed men, women and children in the city of My Lai. This would go on to be known as one of the most ferocious monstrosities of the war in Vietnam.
  • Hamburger Hill

    Hamburger Hill
    US troops attack a heavily fortified North Vietnamese position on hill 937. The battle lasts roughly 10 days and the American forces suffer approximately 444 casualties. This infamous battle is often seen as a controversial decision by the US military as it sent many young Americans to a gruesome death over a position with very little tactical significance. This battle would later be known as Hamburger Hill for the sheer amount of blood and gore that was shed.
  • Operation Linebacker 1 and 2

    Operation Linebacker 1 and 2
    President Richard Nixon and the US Airforce launch high damage bombing campaigns over densely populated portions of Northern Vietnam in hope of weakening the North Vietnamese and winning the war. The attacks launch more than 20 000 tons of explosives mostly over the cities of Hanoi and Haiphong.
  • The Paris Peace Accords

    The Paris Peace Accords
    President Richard Nixon signs the Paris Peace Accords, ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. This briefly ended the conflict between North and South Vietnam however the fighting would resume soon after.