Vietnam War

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Eisenhower

1953 - 1961

Communists Insurgency in SVN

1957

Vietcong is Formed

1960

Kennedy is Elected President

1960

Battle of Kienhoa Province

1961

North attack on village; defeated by SVN

Kennedy

January 20 1961 - November 22 1963

US Military Employs Agent Orange

1962

Johnson

1963 - 1969

Diem is Executed

November 2 1963

Kennedy is Assassination

November 22 1963

Gulf of Tonkin Incident

August 2 1964 - August 4 1964

North Vietnamese attacked US destroyers

Johnson States No Involvement

October 1964

Johnson told public he wouldn't send US troops to South Vietnam (during election)

Johnson is Elected

November 3 1964

US Sent Troops to Vietnam

December 1964

Johnson said they would be there short term

Authorized Operation Rolling Thunder

February 24 1965

Operation Rolling Thunder

March 2 1965

Aerial bombing campaign

US Offers NVN Economic Aid

April 7 1965

In exchange for peace; it was rejeccted

Johnson Meets with SVN Leaders

1966

Johnson promises to defend of aggression

Operation Crimp

January 8 1966

Goal was to capture Vietcong headquarters from Saigon area

Operation Bermingham

April 1966 - May 1966

US sweeps area north of Saigon

McNamara Calls Bombing Innefective

1967

Secretary of Defense, testifies that bombing raids haven't achieved the needed results.

Tet Offensive

January 30 1968 - January 31 1968

Paris Peace Talks Begin

May 1968

Nixon Elected

November 1968

Nixon Orders Bombing of Cambodia

1969

Vietnamization

1969

Start withdrawing US troops

Nixon

1969 - 1974

Nixon Cuts Troops to 72,000

1972

Paris Peace Accords are Signed

January 27 1973

Last US Troops Are WIthdrawn

March 29 1973