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Vietnam War

  • Dien Bien Phu

    Dien Bien Phu
    Viet Minh overrun French fortress at Dien Bien Phu.

    Eight nations sign United States sponsored SEATO treaty.
  • Training the South Vietnamese Army

    Training the South Vietnamese Army
    President Eisenhower's administration sends the first U.S. advisers to South Vietnam to train the South Vietnamese Army.
  • Special Forces Troops

    Special Forces Troops
    President Kennedy orders 100 "special forces" troops to South Vietnam.
  • Building up United States Troops

    Building up United States Troops
    President Kennedy orders an immediate build-up of US troops in Thailand to a total of 5,000 due to Communist attacks in Laos and movement toward the Thailand border.
  • Death of Leaders

    Death of Leaders
    South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother are assassinated outside of Saigon. This weakens the war effort.
  • US Navy Destroyers Attacked

    US Navy Destroyers Attacked
    United States Navy destroyers "Maddox" and "C. Turner Joy" are reported attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • US Bombings

    US Bombings
    United States begins bombing around Haiphong and Hanoi, North Vietnam.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Communists start Tet Offensive which escalates into one of the major battles of the war.
  • My Lai Massacre Occurs

    My Lai Massacre Occurs
    My Lai Massacre occurs. Over 100 civilians were massacred.
  • Johnson's Bombing Halt

    Johnson's Bombing Halt
    President Johnson commits the United States to a non-military solution of the war when he announced he would not seek re-election, and ordered a bombing halt over 75% of North Vietnam.
  • Death of Ho Chi Minh

    Death of Ho Chi Minh
    Ho Chi Minh dies.
  • Kent State Shootings

    Kent State Shootings
    Four Kent State college students were shot to death by Ohio National Guardsmen during an anti-war protest on the campus.
  • 7th Withdrawl

    7th Withdrawl
    President Nixon announces the 7th withdrawal: 70,000 troops by May 1, 1972 reducing the troop level in Vietnam to 69,000.
  • Retalitation

    The North Vietnamese launch a major offensive across the DMZ. In retaliation, Nixon orders the bombing of the Hanoi and Haiphong area.
  • Renewed Bombing

    Renewed Bombing
    Renewed United States bombing of North Vietnam above the 20th parallel.
  • Withdrawling Troops

    Withdrawling Troops
    President Nixon announced the withdrawal of 20,000 more troops.
  • Talk of Peace

    Talk of Peace
    Final stage of peace talks began that would lead to the signing of a Vietnam cease fire on January 27, 1973.
  • Nixon Speaks of Ending the War

    Nixon Speaks of Ending the War
    President Nixon announced an agreement "to end the war and bring peace with honor in Vietnam and S.E. Asia."
  • End of the Vietnam War

    End of the Vietnam War
    Official end of the Vietnam War. Between January 27 and March 29, 587 military and civilian prisoners were released by the North Vietnamese, and 23,500 US troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam.