Vietnam War : 1954 - 1980

  • Geneva Conference

    Indochina splits up into four countries: North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Slide 24: Gulf of Tonkin Incident/Resolution (Aug ’64)
  • Vietnamese occupy the French at Dien Bien Phu

    Vietnamese forces occupy the French command post at Dien Bien Phu. The French commander ordered his troops to cease fire. The battle had lasted 55 days. Eleventhousand total dead troops. 20,000 total wounded. Vietnamese victory destroyed France's ability to carry on in the war. Slide 15: Background of U. S. involvement in Vietnam War
  • The Geneva Accords creates cease-fire

    For the peaceful withdrawal of the French from Vietnam and provides a temporary boundary between North and South Vietnam at the 17th parallel, the Geneva Accords created a cease fire.
  • Republic of Vietnam

    South Vietnam declares itself the Republic of Vietnam, with Ngo Dinh Diem newly elected as president.
  • NLF is created

    The National Liberation Front, or the Viet Cong, is created in South Vietnam.
  • John F. Kennedy helps

    Vietnamese. U.S. help includes new equipment and military advisors and support personnel.
  • Ngo Dinh Diem killed

    South Vietnamese President executed during a coup.
  • Kennedy Shot

    Presedent John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Slide 1: The Soul of a Super Power: Postwar United States (1945- early 1970s)
  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    North Vietnam attacked 2 U.S. destroyers sitting in international waters. Slide 24: Gulf of Tonkin Incident/Resolution (Aug ’64)
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    The U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution after the Gulf of Tonkin Incident,
  • U.S. arrives in Vietnam

    The first U.S. combat troops arrive in Vietnam.
  • U.S. starts withdrawls

    President Nixon orders the first of many U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam
  • Easter Offensive

    The North Vietnamese cross the demilitarized zone at the 17th parallel to attack South Vietnam.
  • The Paris Accords

    The Paris Peace Accords are signed that provide a cease-fire.
  • Last U.S. troops come home

    The last U.S. troops are withdrawn from Vietnam.
  • South Vietnam surrenders

    South Vietnam surrenders to the communists.
  • Socialist Republic of Vietnam

    North and South Vietnam unifies as a communist country