Vietnam War

  • Vietnam War Starts-Battle of Dien Bien Phu

    Vietnam War Starts-Battle of Dien Bien Phu
    Start of the Vietnam War because the French started fighting with the Vietnamese. There were actions taken before, but no direct actions were taken on Vietnam until the Battle of Dien Bien Phu started. This did not directly involve the United States, but if the French were to require aid the US would help due to friendly relationships. The French were eventually defeated.
  • Geneva Convention

    Geneva Convention
    The Geneva Convention granted Vietnam independence from France. Vietnam is split along the 17th parallel. In the north, there is a seemingly communist leader, and in the south, there is an "anti-communist, US backed leader. This is important because it sets up who the US would help in a war.
  • US Trains South Vietnamese

    US Trains South Vietnamese
    The Military Assistance Advisor Group (MAAG) trains the South Vietnamese in preparation for a war. The US is helping the anti-communist portion of the country.
  • Kennedy Elected President

    Kennedy Elected President
    A new president could mean new foreign policy. Kennedy had a known agenda, and was very concerned about weeding out communism.
  • Vietcong is Formed

    Vietcong is Formed
    Anti-US, communist, wanted to get rid of the South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem. This group opposed the US, which only deepened our support for the anti-communist people.
  • Diem Palace Bombed

    Diem Palace Bombed
    Presidential Palace was bombed by pilots from North Vietnam. The president was unharmed; however, this was still an attempt to assasinate the South Vietnamese President.
  • Diem Murdered

    Diem Murdered
    Diem was murdered a few weeks before the assasination of Kennedy. He was originally backed by the US. It was possible that this was not only a murder, but an assasination ordered by the US. Diem's treatment of the people was subpar.
  • Kennedy Assasinated

    Kennedy Assasinated
    Kennedy is shot and killed while driving in Dallas Texas. The US was shooken up, and didn't know where to turn. The small amount of time between the deaths of the two presidents can suggest that perhaps they were related.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    The Gulf of Tonkin was a battle at sea. This provides us with the knowledge that the Vietnam War was not only a battle fought on land, but also at sea.
  • Fighting at Ia Drang Valley

    Fighting at Ia Drang Valley
    There was combat between the North Vietnamese and US, heavy casulties were on both sides. This was fighting between the two armies and not an attack on civilians.
  • Operation Cedar Falls

    Operation Cedar Falls
    Operation Cedar Falls was a military operation run by the US to destory the Iron Triangle in Saigon. The US found tunnels underground that were thought to be a route for the Vietcong. This showed us that the Vietcong was still alive!
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    The United States killed unarmed citizens of My Lai. The massacre showed the US citizens back at home the truly horrific nature of the war.
  • Bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong

    Bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong
    Nixon orders heavy bombing in order to make North Vietnam become peaceful. The bombing showed that there was no area that was off limits.
  • Vietnam War Ends

    Vietnam War Ends
    The last Americans evacuate from Saigmon Falls. When all the soldiers are removed from an area of battle, it is a big sign that the war is over. Also, the last US servicemen also died at this point in a helicopter crash.