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Vietnam War Timeline - Tira Johnson

  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference
    The Geneva Conference took place in Switzerland and it's purpose was too unify vietnam and possibility of restoring peace in Indochina. It was made up of the Soviet Union, The United States, France, the United Kingdom, and People's Republic of China.
  • First US helicopter arrives

    First US helicopter arrives
    The USNS Core arrives in Saigon. The helicopter unites 33 Vertol H-21 C Shawnee and the 400 crewmen
  • US helicopters ordered to shoot first

    US helicopters ordered to shoot first
    U.S. helicopters are ordered to shoot first before anyone when they ecounter other forces that had shot down two helicopters holding South Vietnamese troops.
  • Buddhist Monk sets himself on fire

    Buddhist Monk sets himself on fire
    Quang Duc, A Buddhist monk, sets fire to himself while protesting the Diem government's policies. The protests from Buddhists grew greatly after that.
  • Viet Cong troops cross border and seize Hamlets

    Viet Cong troops cross border and seize Hamlets
    More than 500 Viet Cong troops cross the border and seize three hamlets. The troops are forced to withdraw after a 14 hour gun fight and lose 100 men.
  • Tonkin Resolution

    Tonkin Resolution
    It gave president Johnson permission for the use of some military force. Only to use in Southeast Asia.
  • US Raid Hits 115 Targets In North Vietnam

    US Raid Hits 115 Targets In North Vietnam
    One of the heaviest raids of the war. The U.S. aircraft raid 115 points in North Vietnam to indirect supply lines.
  • Operation Cedar Falls

    Operation Cedar Falls
    The goal of the operation is to rout out the Viet Cong base camps in the IronTriangle. Viet Cong don't choose to fight but 750 of them are killed. Only 72 American deaths
  • Operation Kingfisher

    Operation Kingfisher
    130 man company of the 173rd US Airborne Brigade nearly wiped out an ambush near Dak To. Near the end 80 Americans were killed and 34 hurt.
  • Bloody Battle near Dak To

    Bloody Battle near Dak To
    One of the bloodiest battles in the Central Highlands near Dak To. 4,500 american soldiers and 6,000 North vietnamese troops against each other. North Vietnam loses 1,455 troops and the U.S. looses 285 and 985 are wounded.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Military Campaign that was launched by Viet Cong and North Vietnam against the United States and South Vietnam. Campaign of Surprise attacks.
  • My Lai Massacre

    My Lai Massacre
    A Unit of Charlie Company slaughtered between 200 and 500 villagers in the hamlet of My Lai. The unit was led by Lieutenant William Calley. The were ordered to enter the village firing
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Operation Rolling Thunder was a title of a US 2nd air division, US Navy, and the Republic of Vietnam Air Force. Objectives were to boost sagging morale of the Saigon regime, persude North Vietnam to stop support of communism, destroy North Vietnam's transportation, and cease the flow of men they were given.
  • Vietnamization

    Vietnamization was a policy made my Ricard Nixon during the Vietnam war too expand, equip, and train the South Vietnam's soldiers.
  • Kent State Shooting

    Kent State Shooting
    Kent state massacre was at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. It involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard. The Guardsmen shot about 67 rounds killing 4 students and injuring nine. Students had been protesting Cambodian Campaign.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    Gave the right to citizens 18 years and older the right to vote and to not be denied. It was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War.
  • North Vietnam captures Quang Tri

    North Vietnam captures Quang Tri
    First capital taken during their offensive. Fall gave communists control of the entire province.
  • US withdrawal of troops

    US withdrawal of troops
    The last troops still alive brought are taken away from Vietnam back to the United States.
  • War Powers Act

    War Powers Act
    Law intended to check president's power to commit the United States to an armed conflict without consent of Congress. It was violated in the past but was finally passed in November 7th.
  • South Vietnam Surrenders

    South Vietnam Surrenders
    Southern Vietnam forces are losing the fight with the advanced number of enemy forces. North Vietnam tanks come in and they surrender.