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 Photos by L. Garley  'Thanet at War' Ramsgate, Kent.

1940s Tank

Vietnam Wardraft day for Vietnam

U.S., South Vietnam, and Allies versus North Vietnam and National Liberation Front (Viet Cong).

    • 1950  President Truman sends 35-man military advisory group to aid French fighting to maintain colonial power in Vietnam.
    • 1954  After defeat of French at Dien Bien Phu, Geneva Agreements (July) provide for withdrawal of French and Vietminh to either side of demarcation zone (DMZ) pending reunification elections, which are never held. Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy (from 1954 onward) send civilian advisers and, later, military personnel to train South Vietnamese.
    • 1960  Communists form National Liberation Front in South.1960–1963U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam rise from 900 to 15,000.1963Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnam's premier, slain in coup (Nov. 1).
    • 1964  North Vietnamese torpedo boats reportedly attack U.S. destroyers in Gulf of Tonkin (Aug. 2). President Johnson orders retaliatory air strikes. Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution (Aug. 7) authorizing president to take “all necessary measures” to win in Vietnam, allowing for the war's expansion.
    • 1965  U.S. planes begin combat missions over South Vietnam. In June, 23,000 American advisers committed to combat. By end of year over 184,000 U.S. troops in area.US troops Vietnam 1968
    • 1966  B-52s bomb DMZ, reportedly used by North Vietnam for entry into South (July 31).
    • 1967  South Vietnam National Assembly approves election of Nguyen Van Thieu as president (Oct. 21).
    • 1968 U.S. has almost 525,000 men in Vietnam. In Tet offensive (Jan.–Feb.), Viet Cong guerrillas attack Saigon, Hue, and some provincial capitals. In My Lai massacre, American soldiers kill 300 Vietnamese villagers (March 16). President Johnson orders halt to U.S. bombardment of North Vietnam (Oct. 31). Saigon and N.L.F. join U.S. and North Vietnam in Paris peace talks.
    • 1969  President Nixon announces Vietnam peace offer (May 14)—begins troop withdrawals (June). Viet Cong forms Provisional Revolutionary Government. U.S. Senate calls for curb on commitments (June 25). Ho Chi Minh, 79, North Vietnam president, dies (Sept. 3); collective leadership chosen. Some 6,000 U.S. troops pulled back from Thailand and 1,000 marines from Vietnam (announced Sept. 30). Massive demonstrations in U.S. protest or support war policies (Oct. 15).
    • 1970  U.S. troops invade Cambodia in order to destroy North Vietnamese sanctuaries (May 1).
    • 1971  Congress bars use of combat troops, but not air power, in Laos and Cambodia (Jan. 1). South Vietnamese troops, with U.S. air cover, fail in Laos thrust. Many American ground forces withdrawn from Vietnam combat. New York Times publishes Pentagon papers, classified material on expansion of war (June).
    • 1972  Nixon responds to North Vietnamese drive across DMZ by ordering mining of North Vietnam ports and heavy bombing of Hanoi-Haiphong area (April 1). Nixon orders “Christmas bombing” of North to get North Vietnamese back to conference table (Dec.).
    • 1973  President orders halt to offensive operations in North Vietnam (Jan. 15). Representatives of North and South Vietnam, U.S., and N.L.F. sign peace pacts in Paris, ending longest war in U.S. history (Jan. 27). Last American troops departed in their entirety (March 29).
    • 1974  Both sides accuse each other of frequent violations of cease-fire agreement.
    • 1975  Full-scale warfare resumes. South Vietnam premier Nguyen Van Thieu resigns (April 21). South Vietnamese government surrenders to North Vietnam; U.S. Marine embassy guards and U.S. civilians and dependents evacuated (April 30). More than 140,000 Vietnamese refugees leave by air and sea, many to settle in U.S. Provisional Revolutionary Government takes control (June 6).
    • 1976  Election of National Assembly paves way for reunification of North and South.

Vietnam 1960s

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