Vietnam Timeline

  • Battle of Ap Bac

    Battle of Ap Bac
    On January 2, 1963, the South Vietnamese Civil Guards began the attack on the NationalFront for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NFL/Vietcong). With the help of U.S, soliders, the began marching toward Ap Tan Thoi from the south. However, once they reached their destination they were immediately pinned down by the elements of the Viet Cong 261st Battaltion. This sparked a huge battle with eventually included fifteen U.S, helicopters. Five were lost. The Veit Cong held their ground.
  • Thich Quang Duc

    Thich Quang Duc
    Thich Quang Duc was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death in the middle of a busy intersection on June 11, 1963. He was protesting about the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngo Dinh Diem. President Kennedy was even effected by the images taken on him. It eventually led to the reforms with the intentions of mollifying the Buddhists.
  • Kennedy Assassinated

    Kennedy Assassinated
    John Fitzgeral Kennedy, 35th president of the U.S. was the president during the start of the Vietnam War. Kennedy sided with the South Vietnam Amry and began to aid them with soldiers and advisors and helped organize attacks on the Viet Cong. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    The most intense ground/air battles of the Vietnam War. It was the most difficult such campaign fought by the U.S.since WWII. It was strongly supproted by South Vietnam. The Northern Vietnamese fielded a potent mixture of sophisticated air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons that created one of the most effective air defences ever faced by American Military aviators. It continued for three years.
  • Ia Drang Valley

    Ia Drang Valley
    The first major battle between the U.S. and the People's Army of North Vietnam (NVA). during the Vietnam War. It was a two-part battle that took place between November 14 and November 18, 1965.The U.S. employs its newly enhanced technique of aerial reconnaissance to finally defeat the NVA, although heavy casualties are reported on both sides.
  • Martin Luther King,"Beyond Vietnam"

    Martin Luther King,"Beyond Vietnam"
    Martin Luther King, head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference gave speech speaking out agaisnt the war in Vietnam. King proposed the U.S. to stop all bombing in North and South Korea. Also, later he encouraged draft evasion and suggests a merger between antiwar and civil rights groups.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Catching the U.S. Military off guard, North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces sweep down uponseveral key cities and provinces in South Vietn, including its capital. Within days, the U,S, helps fight back and regains must of the areas. The time of the attacks were a period of time where no fightings was to occur. This was a huge defeat for the Communists.
  • Battle of Hue

    Battle of Hue
    During the Tet Offenseive, a site was seized by the Communists that both the U,S, and the South Vietnamese forces wanted control over. They began to battle for control of the site and the battle waged on for 26 days. The U,S, and the ARVN eventually beat the Southern Vietnamese. After their victory, mass graves containing the bodies of thousands of people who had been executed during the Communist occupation were discovered.