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The Vietnam War
Transcript of The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
Decision at the Geneva Convention
The decision at the the Geneva Convention was that Vietnam would be split into two zones. the north would be governed by the viet minh and the southern would be governed by the testate of Vietnam.
1955: President of the Republic of Vietnam
Ngo Dinh Diem became President of the Southern section of Vietnam or The Republic of Vietnam.
1959: Ho Chi Minh Trail
The trail was used for troops of North Vietnamese to get into South Vietnamese.
1961: New Military Group
JFK created the Green Berets that specialized in unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter terrorism.
1962: Agent Orange
Agent Orange was a chemical used by the U.S military as part of its herbicidal warfare.
After the end of WWII, the French tried to regain Vietnam but were defeated by Northern forces. The signing of the Geneva Accords resulted from this.
Gulf of Tonkin Incident
The U.S. became more involved in the war once two destroyers were fired upon by North Vietnamese forces.
Buddhist Monks protest
1964: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
The results of the Tonkin resolution gave him almost unlimited powers to oppose " communist aggression" in Southeast Asia. President Johnson no longer had to go through the entire checks and balances system.
The first teach-in took place at the University of Michigan and they were aimed at protesting the war.
1966: CORE's complaints
The Congress of Racial Equality complained that soldiers weren't given enough time to register or time to train.
Since Buddhist monks were heavily persecuted, they made public demonstrations and even lit themselves on fire.
1967: MLK's Views on the War
Martin Luther King argued that the expenses of the war were taking money from programs that provided aid to blacks.
1968: TET Offensive
Approximately 2,500 lives were lost and public support was lost
1969: Bombing Raids on Cambodia
President Nixon made the decision knowing that there was an estimated amount of 4,000 civilian lives at risk.
Aimed at ending American involvement in the Vietnam war.
1970: Kent State
the national guard shot and killed 4 and injured 9 protesters.
1974: Damages caused by Agent Orange
tumors, birth defects, rashes,and cancer were all caused by Agent Orange
1976-1980: Who were the boat people?
refugees that left their homeland during the war primarily from Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
The village of My Lai
hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed by american soldiers.
How did the draft cause the tragedy
because they had only been in combat for three months, they were also frustrated over the war, and physiologically braced for a fight
there were a lot of MIA soldiers in the war and a lot more POWs
American POW Treatment
American POW's were tortured with razor sharp bamboo, fed alive to ants, and put them in freezing wells overnight.