Vietnam War

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Dwight D. Eisenhower is now the 34th U.S. President.During his term, Eisenhower will greatly increase U.S. military aid to the French in Vietnam to prevent a Communist victory. U.S. military advisors will continue to accompany American supplies sent to Vietnam. To justify America's financial commitment, Eisenhower will cite a 'Domino Theory' in which a Communist victory in Vietnam would result in surrounding countries falling one after another like a "falling row of dominoes." The Domino Theory
  • March 30-May 1

    President Eisenhower dismisses the conventional air raid and the nuclear option after getting a strong negative response to such actions from America's chief ally, Britain. Eisenhower also decides against sending U.S. ground troops to rescue the French, citing the likelihood of high casualty rates in the jungles around Dien Bien Phu. No action is taken.
  • North Vietnam

     North Vietnam
    In North Vietnam, radical land reforms by Communists result in land owners being hauled before "people's tribunals." Thousands are executed or sent to forced labor camps during this period of ideological cleansing by Ho Chi Minh.
  • Jan.1-31

    The Soviet Union proposes permanent division of Vietnam into North and South, with the two nations admitted separately to the United Nations. The U.S. rejects the proposal, unwilling to recognize Communist North Vietnam.
  • South Vietnam

    South Vietnam
    In 1957 South Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem visited the United States and was acclaimed a "miracle man' who had saved one-half of Vietnam from communism. However, in the latter part of the year, violent incidents committed by anti-Diem insurgents increased and doubts about the viability of Diem's government were expressed in the media and by U.S. government officials.
  • South Vietnam

    South Vietnam
    An insurgent force of 400 men raided the Michelin Rubber Plantation north of Saigon. The plantation was defended by a company security force and 200 South Vietnamese soldiers. The defenders were taken by surprise and lost more than 100 weapons and $143,000 in cash. The raid was led by a Binh Xuyen commander with Viet Cong advisers. President Diem had visited the rubber plantation only a week earlier.

    Two U.S. military advisors, Maj. Dale Buis and Sgt. Chester Ovnand, are killed by Viet Minh guerrillas at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. They are the first American deaths in the Second Indochina War which Americans will come to know simply as The Vietnam War.
  • Hippies Protest

    Hippies Protest
    anti-Vietnam war protests in the 1960s was a growing general disillusionment with American middle class material progress, with the "keeping up with the Jones mentality" and the general emptiness of American life. As alienated kids protested, grew their hair and smoked their pot, they began to reorder their lives and some of them "dropped out" of school and traditional careers to pursue different styles of living. These included more sexual freedom, less work, less ambition, and more being stone
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy as the 35th U.S. President . Aslo Robert McNamara was Kennedy's Secretary of defense he will play a crucial role in deciding White House strategy for Vietnam over the next several years.
  • May 1-31

    President Kennedy sends 400 American Green Beret Special Advisors to South Vietnam to train South Vietnamese soldiers in methods of the fight against Viet Cong guerrillas.
  • Oct 1-31

    Kennedy expand the number of U.S. military advisors send 8000 combat soldiers.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    Lyndon B. Johnson
    President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th U.S. President. He is the fourth President coping with Vietnam and will oversee massive escalation of the war while utilizing many of the same policy advisors who served Kennedy.
  • We Attack NV.

    At the White House, President Johnson decides to retaliate.The first bombing of North Vietnam by the United States occurs as oil facilities and naval targets are attacked without warning by 64 U.S. Navy fighter bombers. "Our response for the present will be limited and fitting," President Johnson tells Americans during a midnight TV appearance, an hour after the attack began. "We Americans know, although others appear to forget, the risk of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war."
  • Golf Of Tonkin Resolution

    Golf Of Tonkin Resolution
    gave broad congressional approval for expansion of the Vietnam War. During the spring of 1964, military planners had developed a detailed design for major attacks on the North, but at that time President Lyndon B. Johnson and his advisers feared that the public would not support an expansion of the war. By summer, however, rebel forces had established control over nearly half of South Vietnam.
  • North Vietnam Attacked USA.

    North Vietnam Attacked USA.
    Viet Cong terrorists set off a car bomb explosion at the Brinks Hotel an American officers' residence in downtown Saigon. The bomb is timed to detonate at 5:45 p.m., during happy hour in the bar. Two Americans are killed and 58 wounded. President Johnson dismisses all recommendations for a retaliatory air strike against North Vietnam
  • American Soldiers

    American Soldiers
    During 1965, over 200,000 American soldiers were sent to South Vietnam. 19 and older were drafted in the U.S military.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    The first U.S. air strikes also occur against the Ho Chi Minh trail. Throughout the war, the trail is heavily bombed by American jets with little actual success in halting the tremendous flow of soldiers and supplies from the North. 500 American jets will be lost attacking the trail. After each attack, bomb damage along the trail is repaired by female construction crews.
  • U.S airforce Bombing

    U.S airforce Bombing
    About 643,000 tons of bombs were dropped on North Vietnam.
  • Drafted

    President Johnson signs a law criminalizing draft card burning. Although it may result in a five year prison sentence and $1000 fine, the burnings become common during anti-war rallies and often attract the attention of news media. Mans who were 18 and older were drafted into the army.
  • Women March

    Women March
    More than 200 women march in Berkeley, Calif., on Feb. 25, 1966 from the University of California to the Oakland Army Induction Center under the banner of the Vietnam Day Committee Women’s March for Peace. They were protesting U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
  • Anti-war protester

    Anti-war protester
    Four days of anti-war protests begin in New York. Among the 585 protesters arrested.
  • Chicago Protest

    Chicago Protest
    chicago protestOn Aug 26 1968 Approximately 10,500 police were sent in, more than 6,700 Illinois National Guard troops arrived in Chicago. President Lyndon B. Johnson also sent 5,000 U.S. army troops into the city. The General in charge declared that no one was allowed to have gatherings in the riot areas, and he authorized the use of tear gas
  • Richard M. Nixon

    Richard M. Nixon
    Richard M. Nixon is the 37th U.S. President.
  • Hippies Protest

    Hippies Protest
    1969, more than 400,000 young people trooped to the Woodstock music festival in upstate New York, a harmonious three days that seemed to represent the best of the peace-and-love generation.
  • March Of Washington

    March Of Washington
    The number one complaint of many Americans in 1969 was the war in Vietnam. So they got together; in a haphazard, slipshod way, but their numbers grew; 10,000, 50,000,and twice more.The mass march on Washington to protest the Vietnam War is peaceful. Read more: http://www.upi.com/Archives/Audio/Events-of-1969/War-Protests/#ixzz3SiwZw5PG Read more: http://www.upi.com/Archives/Audio/Events-of-1969/War-Protests/#ixzz3SiwQhkl6
  • Withdrawal

    President Nixon announces the withdrawal of another 150,000 Americans from Vietnam within a year.
  • May 1-2

    President Nixon calls anti-war students bums blowing up campuses. May 2 1970 American college campuses erupt in protest over the invasion of Cambodia.
  • Kent State Massacre

    Kent State Massacre
    kent state The Kent State shootings occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.In response to the killings, over 400 colleges and universities across America shut down
  • U.S Bombing

    U.S Bombing
    In 1971, 800,000 tons of bombs were dropped by the United States on Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam.
  • President Nixon

    President Nixon
    President Nixon announces that an agreement has been reached which will end the war and bring peace with honor.
  • Peace.

    The Paris Peace Accords are signed by the U.S, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the Viet Cong. Under the terms the U.S. agrees to immediately halt all military activities and withdraw all remaining military personnel within 60 days. The Nort Vietnamese agree to an immediate cease-fire and the release of all American POWs within 60 days. An estimated 150,000 North Vietnamese soldiers presently in South Vietnam are allowed to remain. Vietnam is still divided. South Vietnam is considered to be one
  • The war have almost come to a end

    America's longest war, and its first defeat, thus concludes. During 15 years of military involvement, over 2 million Americans served in Vietnam with 500,000 seeing actual combat. 47,244 were killed in action, including 8000 airmen. There were 10,446 non-combat deaths. 153,329 were seriously wounded, including 10,000 amputees. Over 2400 American POWs and MIAs were unaccounted for as of 1973.
  • Vietnam War is OVER

    Vietnam War is OVER
    At 8:35 a.m. the last Americans ten Marines from the embassy, depart Saigon, concluding the United States presence in Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops pour into Saigon and encounter little resistance. By 11 a.m. the red and blue Viet Cong flag flies from the presidential palace. President Minh broadcasts a message of unconditional surrender. The war is over.