Vietnam War

  • War Powers Act

    War Powers Act
    An American emergency law that increased Federal power during World War II. The act was put into law on, less than two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Elysee Agreement Signed

    Elysee Agreement Signed
    Bao Dai and President Vincent Auriol of France sign the Elysee Agreement. As part of the agreement the French pledge to assist in the building of a national anti-Communist army.
  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference
    A conference which took place in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose was to attempt to find a way to unify Korea and discuss the possibility of restoring peace in Indochina.
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Ho Chi Minh Trail
    A North Vietnamese Army unit, Group 559, is formed to create a supply route from North Vietnam to Viet Cong forces in South Vietnam. With the approval of prince Sihanouk of Cambodia, Group 559 develops a primitive route along the Vietnamese/ Cambodian border, with offshoots into vietnam along its entire length.
  • December 11, 1961

    December 11, 1961
    First US helicopter arrives
  • Tonkin Resolution

    Tonkin Resolution
    A response to a sea battle between the North Vietnamese and the destroyer USS Maddox. It gave the President the ability to , for the use of "conventional'' military force in Southeast Asia.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    The operation boosted the sagging morale of the Saigon regime in the Republic of Vietnam, and attempted to persuade North Vietnam to cease its support for the communist insurgency in South Vietnam without actually taking any ground forces into communist North Vietnam, to destroy North Vietnamese transportation system, industrial base, and air defenses, and to cease the flow of men and material into South Vietnam.
  • March 24, 1965

    March 24, 1965
    In the US, the first anti-Vietnam War campus sit-in took place at the University of Michigan
  • First Medal Of Honor Winner

    First Medal Of Honor Winner
    US Marine Corps Lieutenant Frank Reasoner was awarded the first medal of honnor after his death in war.
  • 10 Aug 1965

    10 Aug 1965
    First shipload of U.S. arms aid to pro-French Vietnam arrives.
  • Operation Starlite

    Operation Starlite
    First major action fought by only US forces. They destroyed a Viet Cong base area near Van Tuong.
  • Operation White Wing

    Operation White Wing
    Largest search and destroy mission up to that point in the war. Name was changed from Masher at the president’s request.
  • Operation Popeye

    Operation Popeye
    Later revealed in the "Pentagon Papers" that a rain-making project, was designed to reduce traffic along the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos.
  • Vietnamization

    After Nixon's election in 1968, Vietnamization became the policy of the United States. Even though it was a policy, the name was accidental.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    videoA military campaign launched by the People’s Army against the South allied with the U.S. The prior ceasefire established at the Tet Festivities lead way for the surprise attack that was the Tet offensive.
  • My Lai

    My Lai
    A unit of Charlie Company killed between 200 and 500 unarmed villagers in My Lai.
  • Kent State

    Kent State
    Members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students. The event triggered a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required the voting age to be 18 in all federal, state, and local elections.
  • US Withdrawal Of Troops

    US Withdrawal Of Troops
    The US evacuated North Vietnam after they signed a peace agreement.
  • South Vietnamese Surrender

    South Vietnamese Surrender
    More formally known as the Fall Of Saigon. Before the north Reached Saigon the united states sensed that their small presence would cause a disruption, all were evacuated and the south surrendered in order to avoid bloodshed.