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  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference
    Went through July 20. Was a conference held in Geneva Switzerland to try and figure out how to unify Korea and possibly restore peace in Indochina.
  • First US Troops Arrive

    First US Troops Arrive
    US MarinesThe first US helicopters arrive in Vietnam, carrying 400 soldiers.
  • Declaration of Neutrality in Laos

    Declaration of Neutrality in Laos
    The Declaration of Neutrality in Laos is signed in Geneva for the reestablishment of Laotian neutrality.
  • South Vietnamese Fire on Buddhists

    South Vietnamese Fire on Buddhists
    South Vietnamese troops , enforcing a ban on the Buddhist multi-colored flag, fire upon 20,000 Buddhists at Hue.
  • Robert Kennedy Assassinated

    Robert Kennedy Assassinated
    Robert Kennedy was shot on June 5, 1963. He was taken to a local Hospital and died at 1:44 am on June 6.
  • Monk Sets Himself on Fire

    Monk Sets Himself on Fire
    A Buddhist Monk by the name of Quang Duc set himself on fire in protest against Diem government policies.
  • U.S.S. Maddox Attacked

    U.S.S. Maddox Attacked
    The U.S.S. Maddox is attacked by North Vietnamese PT boats. The American ship fights off the PT boats, which launch 3 torpedos, none of which strike the Maddox.
  • Tonkin Resolution

    Tonkin Resolution
    After several battles at sea, this Resolution gave president Lyndon B. Johnson to use conventional warfare in southeast Asia.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Continued on until November 1, 1968. The continual bombing of Vietnam in order to destroy any military bases owned by the North Vietnamese and it helped boost the South Vietnamese moral.
  • Australian Troops go into Vietnam

    Australian Troops go into Vietnam
    Eight hundred Australian troops depart for Vietnam. The Australian forcescenter around the 1st Australian Task Force (ATF), headquartered in theNui Dat Rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, southeast of Saigon.
  • First B-52 Raids

    First B-52 Raids
    The first B-52 raids are launched against Viet Cong in the War.
  • Operation Starlite

    Operation Starlite
    5500 US marines destroy a Viet Cong base area near Van Tuong. US forces successfully capture the Vietcong positions and rout the Communist forces.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    An attack by the North Vietnamese on the South Vietnamese to capture major command centers both civilian and military.
  • Massecre at My Lai

    Massecre at My Lai
    A unit of Charlie Company 1st Battalion 20th Infantry slaughter between 200 and 500 unarmed villagers in the hamlet of My Lai. Led by Lieutenant William Calley, the platoon is ordered to enter the village firing.
  • Vietnamization

    The process of expanding and training South Vietnam's army and to also slowly incorporate them further into the fighting so eventually let them take over the fighting completely.
  • Kent State

    Kent State
    In Kent, Ohio, there were many students protesting the Vietnam War. The Ohio National Guard opened fire on the protesters and in 13 seconds they had fired 67 rounds which had killed four students and wounded nine others.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    This amendment changed the voting age to 18 so that the soldiers who have just joined can vote for who is leading them and have some say in what their country does.
  • US Withdrawal of Troops

    US Withdrawal of Troops
    The US signed a document saying that we would begin withdrawing our troops, end of hostilities, and the return of POW's (Prisoners of War)
  • War Powers Act

    War Powers Act
    The War Powers Act was a way to reestablish some limits on executive power. The act required the president to inform Congress of any commitment of the troops abroad within 48 hours and to withdraw them in 60 - 90 days unless Congress explicitly approved the troop commitment.
  • South Vietnamese Surrender

    South Vietnamese Surrender
    The US Troops leave and almost immediately afterword the North Vietnamese moved into Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, and took it over. This was the end of the war.