Vietnam War

By Lindsay Harley and Stephenie Cumba

Vietnam war history - 1 of 4

Operation Chopper: America’s First Combat Mission against Vietcong

Friday, Jan. 12th 1962 at 12am

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City

First combat mission against Vietcong was Operation Chopper on January 12, 1962. A month beforehand there were 82 helicopters stationed in Saigon to prepare, which led this battle to be the first time the United States used helicopters as major strategic weapons. The Vietcong were not expecting the US so they were defeated. During the battle the US troopers were able to get hold of an underground transmitter they’d been longing. After, Vietcong quickly learned to use the air warfare against American soldiers.

Battle of Ap Bac where Vietcong defeat the South Vietnamese army

Thursday, Jan. 3rd 1963 at 9pm

Ấp Bắc

Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese PT boats fire torpedoes at the USS Maddox

Sunday, Aug. 2nd 1964 at 9pm

USS Maddox

While steaming offshore in international waters Maddox was attacked by 3 Vietnamese torpedo boats. The destroyer moved to avoid torpedoes and used their guns against avoiding her fast moving opponents and succeeded in hitting them all. Maddox called for air support whose planes strafed the boats. Maddox was soon ordered to resume patrol, accompanied by the newer and larger destroyer; Turner Joy.


200,000 US troops are sent to Vietnam

Monday, March 8th 1965 at 9pm

Vietnam

Operation Rolling Thunder is approved by Lyndon B. Johnson,closely controlled by the White House. 100 US Air Force and Republic of Vietnam Air Force planes struck

Operation Rolling Thunder is approved by Lyndon B. Johnson,closely controlled by the White House. 100 US Air Force and Republic of Vietnam Air Force planes struck Xom Bang. Sometimes targets were personally selected by President Johnson and from 1965 to 1968 about 643,000 bombs were dropped on North Vietnam and 900 aircrafts were lost during Operation Rolling Thunder. Bang. Sometimes targets were personally selected by President Johnson and from 1965 to 1968 about 643,000 bombs were dropped on North Vietnam and 900 aircrafts were lost during Operation Rolling Thunder.


Dong Ky Battle U.S. Sends More Troops to Vietnam 1965 Newsreel PublicDomainFootage.com

B-52s bomb South Vietnam

Tuesday, April 12th 1966 at 9pm

South Vietnam

In response to growing tension the US Air Force delivers a bomb load of 38,000 pounds in South Vietnam.

All remaining US troops leave Vietnam

Thursday, March 15th 1973 at 9pm

Vietnam

The Paris Peace Accords are signed by US,North Vietnam,South Vietnam and the Viet Cong. With this, the US agrees to stop all military activity immediately and tell their troops to leave within 60 days. The North Vietnamese soldiers are allowed to remain in South Vietnam because Vietnam will be recognized as one country but with 2 governments.


Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of demonstrators to the United Nations building in New York where he gave a speech which attacked U.S foreign policy in Vietnam. There was over 100,000 people who attended this event.


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Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese Communist and who was a leader who wanted to free his nation from colonial influence. He led Vietnamese against Japanese, French, and American forces .

He won the battle against the French in the First Indochina War.



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War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson sent U.S troops to South Vietnam to prevent a total victory for the Communists. The communist government in North Vietnam responded to that movement by sending more of their forces into the South.

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John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. During his presidency he tripled the American Economic and served as a military aid for the South Vietnamese and increased the number of United States military advisors in Indochina. He helped South Vietnam and Southeast Asia even though there was conflict rising.


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President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon reached an agreement with North Vietnam because no signifanct gains were made in the war by either side. The agreement allowed United States to withdraw their forces.
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