The United States Involvement in the Vietnam War

  • French-Vietnam War begins

    French-Vietnam War begins
    France recognizes Vietnam as a "free state" within the French Union. French troops replace Chinese in the North. The next months, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam launched its first attack against the French.
  • U.S supplies

    U.S supplies
    The United States sends $15 million dollars in military aid to the French for the war in Indochina. In the aid package is a military mission and military advisors.
  • New President

    New President
    Eisenhower became president.
  • Vietnam Defeats French

    Vietnam Defeats French
    A force of 40,000 heavily armed Vietminh lay seige to the French garrison at Dienbienphu. Using Chinese artillery to shell the airstrip, the Vietminh make it impossible for French supplies to arrive by air. It soon becomes clear that the French have met their match
  • Geneva Acoords signed

    Geneva Acoords signed
    Vietminh General Ta Quang Buu and French General Henri Delteil sign the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities in Vietnam. As part of the agreement, a provisional demarcation line is drawn at the 17th parallel which will divide Vietnam until nationwide elections are held in 1956. The United States does not accept the agreement, neither does the government of Bao Dai.
  • New President

    New President
    Kennedy bacame president.
  • New President

    New President
    L. Johnson became president after kennedy was assisinated.
  • American Military

    American Military
    Number of American military advisers in South Vietnam reaches around 15000.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
  • U.S Troops Arrive

    U.S Troops Arrive
    U.S. combat troops arrive in Vietnam and begin bombing North.
  • Tech-ins on college campuses begin

    Tech-ins on college campuses begin
    The practice of protesting US policy in Vietnam by holding "teach-ins" at colleges and universities becomes widespread.
  • Veterans Stage Anti-War Rally

    Veterans Stage Anti-War Rally
    Veterans from World Wars I and II, along with veterans from the Korean war stage a protest rally in New York City. Discharge and separation papers are burned in protest of US involvement in Vietnam.
  • March on petagon

    March on petagon
    March on petagon takes place
  • Tet Offensive

  • Democratic National Convention

    Students protested at democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • New President

    Nixon became president.
  • Negotiation

    Scret peace negotiationS between the U.S. and North Vietnam began.
  • Kent State University

    Kent State University
    National Gaurd tropps killed 4 students at Kent State University after a riot started during a protest.
  • Bad Christmas

    Bad Christmas
    Nixon initiates Christmas bombings.
  • Cease-Fire

    Cease-fire was signed with North Vietnam.
  • The End

    The End
    Evacuation of last Americans from Vietnam.