The war in Vietnam

I Know

  • Containment was the plan to stop the spread of communism in the world.
  • DMZ is the DeMilitarization Zone.
  • Domino Theory is the fear of if one nation becomes communist then other will follow
  • The selection of men to serve in the war
  • The Viet Cong is the Northern Vietnamese Guerrilla warfare armed forces
  • The Cold War was an intelligence and technological race against the USSR

I Dont Know

Vietnam Timeline

February 1950 — Truman supports French government in Vietnam
August 1950 — Truman sends first military advisers to Vietnam
May 1954 — North Vietnamese prevail at Dien Bien Phu
July 21, 1954 — Geneva Conference splits Vietnam at the 17th parallel
1961 — JFK initiates Operation Farm Gate and sends Green Berets to Vietnam
May 1963 — Buddhist protest of Diem regime at Tu Dam pagoda
November 2, 1963 — deposed South Vietnamese President Diem is assassinated
June 1964 — William Westmoreland put in control of U.S. military forces
August 1964 — Gulf of Tonkin incident
1965-1968 — Operation Rolling Thunder airstrikes
1966 — Operation Van Buren at Phu Yen marks beginning of “search and destroy”
1966-1968 — widespread protest of the Vietnam War
1968 — Tet offensive touches off widespread protests in the United States
1968 — Phoenix Program prioritizes capture and interrogation of Vietcong
November 1969 — news of My Lai massacre breaks
May1970 — Kent State tragedy
1971-1973 — U.S. troop withdrawal from Vietnam
1973 — U.S. military draft terminated
April 21, 1975 — South Vietnamese President Thieu resigns
April 29-30, 1975 — Helicopter evacuations from the U.S. embassy in Saigon
July 2, 1976 — North and South Vietnam unified under communist rule

Gulf of Tonkin Resouloution

Granted President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to assist any southeast asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by communist aggression.