Vietnam War

By Brandan Johnson

The Vietnam War lasted from 1959 to April 30, 1975

Brief Overview of the War

The Vietnam War was the struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam as a communist government and the US and South Vietnamese attempted to stop the spread of communism. U.S leaders lost the public's support for the war and the Vietnam War later became the benchmark of what not to do in all future U.S conflicts.


In 1946 Frances recognizes Vietnam as a free state within the french union.


In 1960 the Vietcong was formed in Hanoi “National Liberation Front for South Vietnam”. The Vietnamese government called them the Vietcong
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In 1961 President Kennedy pledged to send aid to the troops in Vietnam to help "advise" the Vietnamese government.

Vietnam War Footage: Anti-Aircraft Guns Around Hanoi, North Vietnam (1972)


The number of military advisers in Vietnam increased from 700 to 12,000


By 1966 there were over 400,000 US troops in Vietnam.

Unique War (1966)


In 1969 President Nixon ordered the secret bombing of Cambodia. After the bombings Nixon announced that he would start to withdraw troops.

Vietnamese evasion of being spotted by air

In order to stay unseen by US spotter planes the Vietcong dug tunnels, all the orange lines are underground tunnels built by the Vietcong

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US War Crimes

William Calley was a US Army lieutenant and the leader of a company of US soldiers who killed several hundred unarmed Vietnamese civilians in the 1968 My Lai Massacre. Calley was sentenced to a life in prison term but he was paroled in 1974
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My Lai - Massacre in Vietnam

North Vietnamese Diplomats

Le Duc Tho was a North Vietnamese diplomat who had secret meetings with the US in Paris
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Tet Offensive & Khe sahn vietnam war footage