Vietnam War



Cold War- Relationship that developed between U.S. and USSR after World War 2

Containment- Stopping the spread of communism

DMZ- Demilitarized Zone placed at the border of North and South Korea, one of most heavily guarded borders in the world

Domino Theory- Communist victory in one nation would lead to a chain reaction of communist take overs in other countries

Draft- Enrollment for service in a country's armed forces

National Liberation Front

Political organization formed in South Vietnam in 1960 by the Vietcong

Ngo Dinh Diem

Leader of Vietnam from 1955 until his assassination in 1963.

Pentagon Papers

Name given to a secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967

Tet Offensive

A coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam

Viet Cong

The Vietnamese Communists were the military branch of the National Liberation Front.


A policy of the Richard Nixon administration during the Vietnam War to end the U.S.' involvement in the war and "expand, equip, and train South Vietnam's forces and assign to them an ever-increasing combat role, at the same time steadily reducing the number of U.S. combat troops.