Vietnam Timeline for U.S. History

  • Truman Doctirne

    Truman Doctirne
    It was initially intended to help aid Greece and Turkey so they could resist Soviet take over. It helped the U.S. easily transition over into trying to help South Vietnam to resist the communist takeover in Vietnam.
  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference
    Was a conference in Geneva, Switzerland that attempted to find a way to bring Vietnam together. It was composed of The Soviet Union, The United States, France, The United Kingdom, and the Peoples Republic of China.
  • John F Kennedy assassination

    John F Kennedy assassination
    JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in Dealey Plaza by a sniper named Lee Harvey Oswald. There are several conspiracy theories as to who Lee Harvey Oswald was working for but it was deemed that he had acted alone.
  • Tonkin Resolution

    Tonkin Resolution
    Authorized military action in Southeast Asia. Let the U.S. forces attempt to help the Southern Vietnamese try and repel against the communist forces
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Was a battle strategy to aerially bombard the North Vietnamese forces to not want to wage war against the U.S. The Operation marked the first American assault on North Vietnamese territory and also signified the further involvement of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War.
  • Battle of la Drang

    Battle of la Drang
    The battle took place and the Landing Zone “X-Ray” and was the first major battle between the regulars of the U.S. Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam. The battle involved close air support by the U.S. aircraft and a strategic bomb strike by B-52s.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Was a military campaign launched by the Viet Cong. It was intended to be a campaign of surprise attacks during a period where there was supposed to be a temporary cease fire between the two armies during the Tet holiday
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    The My Lai Massacre was a mass murder committed by U.S. troops of C Company of 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th brigade of the American Division. Between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians were murdered.
  • Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

    Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
    Was assassinated in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California as he was walking in the kitchen. Robert was currently running for nomination for candidacy for the presidential election when he was assassinated and if he had won the presidential election I think maybe the war would have came out differently.
  • Battle of Khe Sanh

    Battle of Khe Sanh
    The Battle of Khe Sanh was a battle held in the Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam. Some historians regard the reasoning behind the battle the “Riddle of Khe Sanh” because none of them can decide why the NVA had decided to attack Khe Sanh, and is still regarded as one of the most intriguing unanswered questions of the Vietnam War
  • Vietnamization

    Nixon’s strategy to prepare the South Vitnamese forces to prepare them to take responsibility for their own defenses. In 1973 when Nixon declared the process complete the U.S. forces withdrew from Vietnam but in 1975 the South fell the the north forces
  • Hamburger Hill

    Hamburger Hill
    Was a controversial battle for the U.S. because it was heavily fortified by the enemy and wasn’t of any real strategic value but was ordered to be captured by frontal assault anyway even though it was to be abandoned soon afterward. It took ten days of heavy fighting but was captured after heavy losses on both sides.
  • Ho Chi Minh Death

    Ho Chi Minh Death
    Ho Chi Minh was the center of North Vietnamese Communism since the very beginning of the movement. Even after his death he remained a communist icon in the world after he found the Viet Minh, a nationalist and communist organization created to mobilize the people, in 1941.
  • Kent State Massacre

    Kent State Massacre
    At Kent State University, unarmed college students were fired upon by Ohio National Guard. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign but some were just walking by observing. 4 students were killed and 9 others were injured.
  • 26th amendment

    26th amendment
    Made is so that State and Federal governments can’t make the voting age higher than 18. It was adopted because of the student activism against 18 year olds being drafted when you had to be 21 to vote against the bill saying that they could be drafted and it felt unfair to them.
  • Watergate Scandal

    Watergate Scandal
    The Watergate Scandal was a political scandal that occurred in the United States after a break in at the Watergate office complex in the Democratic National Committee headquarters. The break in all came back to Nixon and his administration officials so Nixon thought that it would be best to step down and officially resign from being President of the United States.
  • U.S. Withdrawal of Troops

    U.S. Withdrawal of Troops
    After the Tet Offensive in 1968 the US had been gradually been withdrawn from Vietnam. On March 29, 1973 all U.S. troops had been withdrawn from Vietnam
  • War Powers act

    War Powers act
    It was intended to verify the president can’t have any actual power to commit the United States to conflict without using the consent of Congress. Requires the President to notify congress within 48 hours before committing armed forces to military actions and also forbid armed forces from remaining longer than 60 days, and a 30 day withdrawal time period, without the authorization for declaration of war.
  • South Vietnam Surrenders

    South Vietnam Surrenders
    The South Vietnamese General Duong Van Minh surrendered to the North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin. The Northern colonel explained that the only side that had lost was the Americans because, “between Vietnamese there are no victors and no vanquished”
  • Fall of Saigon

    Fall of Saigon
    The Fall of Saigon was when the Northern Vietnamese forces captured the South’s capital Saigon. This battle also signifies the final battle of the Vietnam War and the surrender of the South.