Vietnam War Timeline - Pedro Rodríguez

  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    American ships on the Vietnam coast were "unprovokedly" attacked by ships from North Vietnam. This is important because it declared the United State's part in the Vietnam War.
  • Operation Rolling Thunder Picture

    Operation Rolling Thunder Picture
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    Operation Rolling Thunder

    The US's period of bombing against North Vietnam. This is important because it showed America's prolonged involvement in the war, however it failed in its attempt to defeat North Vietnam.
  • Tet Offensive Picture

    Tet Offensive Picture
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    Tet Offensive

    A series of of attacks by North Vietnam against South Vietnam in attempt to cause rebellion and deter the US from continuing attacks. This was important because slowed American involvement in the war.
  • Mỹ Lai Massacre

    Mỹ Lai Massacre
    A massacre of South Vietnamese citizens by American troops. This is important because it caused unrest against American help in the war; South Vietnamese citizens now had negative opions on American troops.
  • Draft Lottery of '69

    Draft Lottery of '69
    The American government drafted soldiers through means of lottery to participate in the war. This is important because it caused unrest back home as it was considered immoral. This sparked antiwar protests in the US.
  • Kent State Shooting

    Kent State Shooting
    The killing of 4 students at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard. This was important because it sparked nationwide unrest at academic institutions, furthering the strength of antiwar protests.
  • Pentagon Papers

    Pentagon Papers
    The revealing of full American attacks near Vietnam to the public. This is important because it confirmed very negative rumors about America's role in the war and set new standards for truth in media.
  • Easter Offensive Picture

    Easter Offensive Picture
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    Easter Offensive

    An offensive by North Vietnam in South Vietnam that caused many causualties and gave North Vietnam a standing in the south. This is important because it started the north's attempt in unifying with the south, and ended with giving North Vietnam more territory.
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    Operation Linebacker Picture
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    Operation Linebacker

    An American bombing series that is important because it is said to have ended the Easter Offensive and pushing back North Vietnam.
  • Paris Peace Accords

    Paris Peace Accords
    The peace treaty that ended the Vietnam war and "direct combat" between both forces. It is important because it restored peace in the country.