Vietnam War

  • Aid To French

    Aid To French
    It was appearing as though the French would not be completely overrun, but they would require some aid. The United States sent $15 million to help aid the French military during their patrol in the Vietnamese outback
  • Geniva Conferance

    Geniva Conferance
    The Geneva Conference was a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, which began on April 26th and ended on July 20th. Attendees of the conference were the United States, the Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom, and China. The objective of the conference was to attempt to find a way to unify Korea and contemplate the possibility of restoring peace in Indochina.
  • United Staters Traines the South Vietnamese

    United Staters Traines the South Vietnamese
    The French were severely outnumbered/outgunned during their patrol of the Vietnamese outback, so they withdrew their troops in early 1956. The South Vietnamese military still needed training, so the U.S. Military Assistance Advisor Group, or MAAG, took over the training of the South Vietnamese after the French departure.
  • First American Troops Fall

    First American Troops Fall
    Major Dale R. Buis and Master Sargeant Chester M. Ovnand died together with two South Vietnamese soldiers at their outpost in Bien Hoa when they were under a surprise Vietcong attack. They are noted as the first American military figures to die during the conflict in Vietnam.
  • John F. Kennedy Gets President

    John F. Kennedy Gets President
    John F. Kennedy narrowly beats then-vice president and Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon. As the newly appointed president, he is hereby entitled to resume the operations in Vietnam. Being the youngest man to ever be elected president of the United States at the time of his election, he had little experience with persuing military operations. Nevertheless, he continued the effort.
  • Agent Orange

    Agent Orange
    In 1961, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson toured many Asian countries. He met with the president of South Vietnam, Ngo Dihm Diem, in Saigon. Johnson's goal with meeting with Diem was to further strengthen the already-improving relations between the United States and South Vietnam. Johnson stressed Diem's importance, calling him the "Churchill of Asia."
  • Diem Assassination

    Diem Assassination
    South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, along with his brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, were overthrown and assassinated by a coup d'etat lead by General Duong Van Minh. The motive behind the assassination was the accumulation of nine years of discontent with the Diem regime, more specifically, Diem's Lack of fair treatment towards his Buddhist citizens.
  • Kennedy Assassinated

    Kennedy Assassinated
    At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. He was in the presidential limousine with his wife, Jacqueline, along with Texas governor Jack Connally and his wife, Nellie. While Kennedy was the only one who was killed, Governor Connally was severely wounded. Vice President Johnson then assumed the presidency of the United States
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resulotion

    Gulf of Tonkin Resulotion
    The Tonkin Gulf Resolution was of vital importance to the United States because it allowed President Johnson to undergo military action to aid Southeast Asia without actually declaring war on North Vietnam. The resolution was passed as a response to the sea battle between the North Vietnamese Navy's Torpedo Squadron 10135 and the destroyer USS Maddox in the Tonkin Gulf.
  • Rolling Thunder

    Rolling Thunder
    Operation Rolling Thunder was an air strike mission against North Vietnam which lasted from March 2nd, 1965 - November 1st, 1968.
  • Troops Arrive at Da Nang

    Troops Arrive at Da Nang
    U.S. Marines set foot for the very first time in Vietnam to defend the U.S. airfield at Da Nang. There is a wild array of Vietcong gunfire. The firefight lasts almost an hour, but there were no reported injuries or casualties. This was considered detrimental because it led to considerably less ammunition with very few kills.
  • First Draft Card Burnt

    First Draft Card Burnt
    First draft card burned by a college student from the National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam
  • Nixon President

    Nixon President
    Nixon gets elected to the President of the United States
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    The Tet Offensive was a three-phase surprise military offensive launched by the People's Army of Vietnam (North Vietnam) against the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), the United States, and their allies. This vicious attack used the element of surprise, as it was implimented during a time period in which there was supposed to be no attacks from either side. The primary objective was to take out command and control centers throughout South Vietnam.
  • Rising number of troops

    Rising number of troops
    The number of US troops in Vietnam reach 540,000
  • Protests at Woodstock

    Protests at Woodstock
    Woodstock Song Woodstock Many people in the United States opposed the effort in Vietnam. One of the most notable and effective forms of protest during this era was through music. Woodstock was a three-day music festival which ran from August 15-17, 1969. Country Joe gives one of the most iconic anti-war performances in history on Saturday, August 16, 1969, at 1:00 p.m.
  • 26th Amendmant

    26th Amendmant
    The 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution changed the minimum voting age to 18. This amendment was put in place as a response to student activism and protests, as well as an effort to partially overrule the Supreme Court's decision in Oregon v. Mitchell.
  • Draft Ends

    Draft Ends
    Draft finally comes to a stop
  • Americans Leave Vietnam

    Americans Leave Vietnam
    When Hanoi freed the remaining prisoners of war, the rest of the American troops evacuated Vietnam. However, 7,000 U.S. Department of Defense employees remained in South Vietnam to help aid in the continuous battle with North Vietnam. The evacuation took place two months after signing the Vietnam Peace Agreement.