Vietnam Timeline

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    Eisenhower Administration

    His administration is known for keeping peace, as well as helping America continue on without/avoiding as much tension/conflict as possible. "Hidden Hand"- had power but did not show/boast it. Helped America progress in a lot of ways, including economically and transportation-wise.
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    Dien Bien Phu

    Before the Vietnam War, this was also known as the first Indochina war. Indochina was in control by France. This was an attempt for the United States keeping communism out of Vietnam, even though France left from the war earlier.
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    Geneva Accords/Conference

    Treaty with the hopes of helping tensions ease between Vietnam, the U.S., USSR, China, Great Britain, and France. Although it was no successful, the idea of it was to make Vietnam a free nation with the hope of stopping conflict.
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    Kennedy Administration

    had many achievements for American until his assissination. He was able to slowt he progression of communism, help our nuclear warfare (Cuban Missile Crisis, as an example), and helped NASA become what it is today. He was an advocate for women's and African American rights, and was able to help America internationally, and cause for us to help other failing/weak countries with the Peace Corps.
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    Johnson Administration

    He focused on domestic issues, rather than focusing on international affairs. He continued Kennedy's legacy iwth helping the civil rights of African Americans, as well as women. He wanted to help, and did help, areas of America that were slacking, such as education and economy opportunities, overall helping the poverty levels decline.
  • Gulf of Tonkin

    2 of the United States' destroyers were ambused/attacked by North Vietnam. While stationed in the East to help and support the South Vietnam military by any means possible. We would now fight against North Vietnam more than ever.
  • Tonkin Resolution

    Allowed for troops to occupy boarding seas on South Vietnam. This was related to the Gulf of Tonkin attack. Johnson, the president at the time, was in charge of helping the war effort in any way he felt needed if it promoted the want for world peace. We would now be sure to fight on the side of South Vietnam against North Vietnam, giving 100% to out involvement/purpose in the Vietnam War.
  • Fulbright Commission

    This was a series of questioning sessions dicussing the progression and involvement of America in Vietnam. This gave different insights to what the war and how the war was progressing, as well as making sure whether or not America was still playing a benefitical role in Vietnam. People, as a result, still questioned our involvement in the war.
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    Tet Offensive

    Resulted in more people being against the war effort. North Vietnam was attacking South Vietnam. While the United States tried to help South Vietnam attack the north, with bomb attacks (etc.), the North was still about to win.
  • My Lai Massacre

    This resulted in possibly about 500 killings of innocent people in the My Lai village. They were attacked by a U.S. company of troops, and this was hidden for about a year or so until it was uncovered and revealed.
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    Nixon Administration

    He did not have the best legacy, only being positively known for his easing of relations with both the USSR (nuclear warfare deal) and China (diplomacy relations). After resigning after the Watergate scandal, he was not considered the best president, or even the most successful one. He enforced Vietnamization, which would make sure the troops wer slowly but surely leaving and returning from Vietnam.
  • Vietnamization

    This was the hope that America could decrease how much we were involved with the Vietnamese and in the Vietnam War, such as removing military involvment. This started when the publib felt that South Vietnam should be able to thrive without having to be dependent on America.
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    Invasion of Cambodia

    Nixon chose to invade Cambodia with our troops without any approval/warning. This led to more conflict because of the tentions domestically with South Vietnam, and now we were getting involved in Cambodia.
  • Pentagon Papers

    Although they were once secret, these leaked papers were reports written up by the Department of Defense. They were the plans for and what the United States was doing in Vietnam. It was tried to be made secret again after Danial Ellsberg released them, but they were later forced to continue to expose them because it proved the the government was hiding things from the public. America was much more involved in Vietnam than the public was told, proving their reluctance more.
  • Christmas Bombing

    The United States dropped many bombs over North Vietnam, with the hopes of returning to the drawing board in the way of peace deals. After they did not try and make a deal with us, the U.S. chose to bomb them to "get their attention."
  • Daniel Ellsberg

    Released the top secret pentagon papers by the defense department, for the benefit of the people. He wanted the American people to know everything about what was going on with our involvement in Vietnam. People were shocked to find out they only know a little of what was really going on, proving more to the public that the government should not be fully trusted. Although arrested, he was later granted freedom for revealing the truth of the nation.
  • The Paris Peace Conference/Accords

    This would result in the ending of the Vietnam war. This resulted war prisoners being released, as well as our troops leaving Cambodia and Laos, among other agreements. Lastly, this would further protect Vietnam in the form of secutiry and easing tensions, as well as restoring Vietnam and giving them reunification.
  • War Powers Resolution

    Due to the public thinking the President had too much power to possibly start a war, this enforced that the President does not have the power to send military out or chnage tactics without the green light from congress. It would cause the President to stop and think about every little thing, including how mnay troops would be sent, or for how long, or any other factors.
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    Ford Administration

    Nixon resigned, leading to the Ford administration. He was a crowd favorite, until he pardoned Nixon from all his crimes surrounding Watergate. He was not able to correct any of the problems that Nixon or other administrations had caused, and thus not being reelected for a second term. Seemed to be "useless" in his administration; did not really help economy.
  • Fall of Saigon

    North Vietnam took over because of Congress not allowing for the United States to help South Vietnam. We wanted to help them, but Congress and the publicity that the Vietnam War had had was preventing them from getting the gree light to help.