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Vietnam War Timeline
Transcript of Vietnam War Timeline
Diem Becomes President of Republic of Vietnam. Weapons Moving Along Ho Chi Minh Trail: Major & Sargeant Ovnand first US die in Vietnam War Diem Overthrown, Murdered: Tacit US approval. Sihanouk Allows Pursuit of Vietcong into Cambodia
North Vietnamese Launch Tet Offensive: N. Vietnamese & V.C invade S. Vietnam, including Saigon. US forces turn back.
Paris Peace Talks Begin: Kissinger and Le Duc Begin Secret Talks.
Number of US Troops Falls to 280K Cease-fire Signed in Paris. Last American Troops Leave Vietnam Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC Dedicated Communist Insurgency into South Vietnam: Guerrillas assassinate more than 400 S. Vietnamese officials. US Military Employs Agent Orange. Gulf of Tonkin Incident: August 2, N, Vietnamese PT boats allegedly fire torpedoes at US destroyer in international waters thirty miles off coast of N. Vietnam. 2nd alleged shots August 4.
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution: Congress Aug. 7, allows Johnson wage all out war on N. Vietnam without formal Declaration of War from Congress. B-52s Bomb North Vietnam, S. Vietnam Troops Take Hue and Danang Nixon Secret Bombing: Nixon OKs bombing of Cambodia, w/o knowledge of Congress/US public.
Policy of "Vietnamization" Announced: Objective to shift the burden of war to S. Vietnamese.
Ho Chi Minh Dies at Age 79. Massive Antiwar Demonstration in DC Nixon Cuts Troop Levels by 70K. Secret Peace Talks Revealed
B-52s Bomb Hanoi and Haiphong: no section of Vietnam off-limits to bombing raids. Kissinger Says "Peace Is At Hand". Nixon Reelected Ford Calls Vietnam War "Finished": Ford - War "finished." Last US Evacuate, Saigon Falls.
Vietnam Granted Admission to United Nations 1957 1962 1964 1966 1969 1972 1975 1954 1959 1963 1968 1970 1973 1981-85 Operation "Rolling Thunder" Deployed: Sustained American bombing raids of N. Vietnam. Marines Arrive at Danang: First US troops arrive Vietnam.
Ia Drang Valley: 1st regular battle of Vietnam. US Troops- 200,000. 1965