President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Kent State University
May 4, 1970
The National Guard shoots protesters at Kent State University in Ohio.
Approx. July 1950
The United States gives 15 million dollars worth of military aid to France. This aid was meant to help the French fight in Vietnam.
More American Troops
Approx. December 1958
The amount of American troops in Vietnam reaches to be 540,000 troops.
Vietcong is Formed
December 20, 1960
In South Vietnam, the National Liberation Front for Vietnam, otherwise known as, Vietcong, is formed.
Vice President visits Saigon
The Vice President at the time, Lyndon Johnson, tours Saigon.
Operation Chopper is the United States' first attack against Vietcong.
Approx. April 1964 - Approx. June 1964
As a result of an attack in Laos led by the North Vietnamese, Americans reinforce their air power.
U.S Destroyer Maddox
July 30, 1964
The South Vietnamese attack two small northern islands. The American destroyer Maddox electronically stimulates a air attack from a distance of 123 miles to keep the Northerners away.
Gulf of Tonkin
August 2, 1964 - August 4, 1964
Two American destroyers are fired upon by the North Vietnamese in international waters.
Captain of the Maddox
August 4, 1964
The captain of the U.S Destroyer Maddox falsely reported an attack on his ship. Although he did admit he was wrong, President Lyndon Johnson ordered American jets to bomb two naval bases and a major oil facility to retaliate the North Vietnamese.
Bien Hoa Air Base
November 1, 1964
When Vietcong mortars reach Bien Hoa Air Base, four Americans die, and 76 are injured. Five B-57 bombers are destroyed and, in addition, 15 are damaged.
Operation Rolling Thunder
March 2, 1965
The United States starts to bomb North Vietnam by air.
First Troops in Vietnam
March 8, 1965
President Lyndon Johnson sends the first American troops into Vietnam. He sent over 200,000 troops.
Massacre of Mai Lai Village
March 16, 1968
American troops brutally murder about 200 to 500 unarmed civilians in the village of Mai Lai
First of Troops Return
Approx. July 1969
President Nixon orders the first of the U.S troops to go back to America.
Ho Chi Minh Dies
September 2, 1969
Ho Chi Minh dies at age 79 of a heart attack.
April 30, 1970
President Nixon announces that United States troops will attack enemy bases in Cambodia.
Approx. March 1972
The North Vietnamese crosses the DMZ (demilitarized zone) to attack South Vietnam.