Vietnam memorial soldier

The Vietnam War

By kle321
  • Japan pulls out of Vietnam- Northern Vietnam is controlled

    Japan pulls out of Vietnam- Northern Vietnam is controlled
    After Japan takes thier forces out of Vietnam, Independent Japan is controlled by Emperor Bao Dai until Ho's Viet Minh forces rose up, taking over Bao Dai and declaring it Democratic Republic of Vietnam with Ho as president.
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    Vietnam War

  • France Backs Bao

    France Backs Bao
    France helps Bao Dai, and sets up the State of Vietnam which is South Vietnam. Ho and the Frence sign an agreement that the French can replace the Nationalist Chinese forces, in exchange for recognition of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
  • HELP! France gets aid

    HELP! France gets aid
    The U.S. gives Fance $15 Million. Harry S Truman denied the legitimacy of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, but recognized the new French-Supported government, under former Emperor Bao Dai's Leadership.
  • Does Indochina want to play Dominos?

    Does Indochina want to play Dominos?
    President Eisenhower brings up the "Domino Theory." He refers to this theory in the relation of communism. He siad if communism is successful in indochina it will spread to the neighboring countries.
  • The French Split

    The French Split
    The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the end of the French Involvement of French in Vietnam. The French surrendered and Vietnam was temporarily partitioned at the 17th parallel.
  • Geneva Agreements Settled

    Geneva Agreements Settled
    After an attempt to unite North and South Vietnam because of the split supporters of the French and Viet Minh. It was settled that the North and south were split by a military demarcation line.
  • Step Aside Bao

    Step Aside Bao
    The anti-communist Ngo Dinh Diem pushed Bao aside to become president of the Government of the Republic of Vietnam.
  • The U.S Supports Diem

    The U.S Supports Diem
    When Diem declared the independence of Republic of vietnam, naming himself as president, the U.S sent their support, and Diem refused to hold the reunification election, thinking he couldn't stand up against Ho.
  • Guerrilla War Explodes

    Guerrilla War Explodes
    After the US support, north vietnam was excuting and capturing land owners because of a land reform. This was heading toward the south. Diem, on the other hand, was capturing those who were on the side of Viet Minh's side. Viet Minh conducted a campaign of guerrilla warefare to crush Diem army. On the date above, two americans were killed in a guerrilla raid at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.
  • Kennedy is President

    Kennedy is President
    John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the U.S.

    The first American combat death in Vietnam was reported. For many, this marks the beginning of the US involvment.
  • Call all Reinforcements

    Call all Reinforcements
    By the end of 1962, the number of US military advisors increased from 700 to 12,000 personnel. This was decided after 4,000 south government officals were killed by Viet Cong guerrillas.
  • Diem Overthrown

    Diem Overthrown
    After an attempted assaasination in 1962, Diem is killed along with his brother.
  • Kennedy Assassinated

    Kennedy Assassinated
    21 days later, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Lyndon B. Johnson took over.
  • To attack or not attack?

    To attack or not attack?
    Two days before, USS Mattox was attacked by a Vietnamese boats. Reports were confirmed and Pres. Johnson ordered the US jets to bomb 2 north vietnamese naval bases. Six hours later, he found out from the captain that no attacked occured.
  • Viet Cong stricks back

    Viet Cong stricks back
    Viet Cong attacked a US Airforce base in the la Drang Valley. First major clash between the two. Heavy casualities were reported.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Responding to the attack, an areial bombardment campaign agaisnt North Vietnam Known as Operation Rolling Thunder began. It would last 3 years Six days later, the first US troops landed in Vietnam
  • B-52s Bomb

    B-52s Bomb
    Mu Gia Pass was the main route that the North Vietnamese army used to send personal and supplies. 29 B-52s bombed North Vietnam for the first time.
  • Thieu Elected

    Thieu Elected
    Nguyen Van Thieu became president of Republic of Vietnam (south vietnam) after winning withe 34% of the votes.
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    US soldiers massacred 347 Vietnamese civilians, mostly children, women, and elderly men in the town of My Lai. The massacre news wouldnt reach the US public until novermber of 1969
  • Peace in Paris

    Peace in Paris
    US, South Vietnamese and NLF representative were in Paris for peace talks
  • Ho Chi Minh Dead

    Ho Chi Minh Dead
    North Communist leader dies at 79. They embalmed him and put him on display.
  • Invasion in Cambodia

    Invasion in Cambodia
    American and S. Vietnamese troops attacked Cambodia to destory bases that might have supplied aid to the Viet Cong. After 60 day mission, thousands of weapons and rice were captured and 10,00 plus Viet cong were killed.
  • Peace or Bomb? Operation Linebacker

    Peace or Bomb? Operation Linebacker
    Six days after the Peace talks, Nixon ordered a bombing campaign on north vietnam to keep them at the negotiating table as well as a response to the Easter offensive attacks. Oporations lasted 12 days with 20,000 tons of bombs
  • Paris Peace Accord signed

    Paris Peace Accord signed
    N. Vietnam, S. Vietnam, and U.S reps, signed the Paris Peace Accords in which a ceasefire was estalished immediately and the US. Agreed to withdraw all its combat troops. In turn, N. Vietnam would release all American POWs.
  • American Involvement in Vietnam Ended

    American Involvement in Vietnam Ended
    The last of the US combat troops left Vietnam ending its direct involvment in the war, however, some military advisors adn marines still remained. In total 60,000 men were dead, 150,000 wounded and at least 1,000 MIA, among the 3 million americans who served.
  • South Vietnam Fell

    South Vietnam Fell
    The last two US men to die were killed at Tan Son Nhut airport in thier evacuation mission. S. Vietnam fell as the president Duong Van Minh Delivered an uncondtional surrender to the North communist.