Vietnam War Timeline

Vietnam

First US advisors in Vietnam

1955

Formation of National Liberation Front (NLF) or Vietcong

1960

Formed by Vietminh forces to oppose Diem

Burning of the Monk - 11/7/63

June 11 1963

'Operation Rolling Thunder'

November 1964 - 1972

Battle of Long Tan 18/8/66

August 18 1966

TET Offensive 30/1/68-23/9/68

January 30 1968 - September 23 1968

Mai Lai Massacre 16/3/68

March 16 1968

Last Australian troops withdrawn from Vietnam 17/12/71

December 17 1971

US

Assassination of John F. Kennedy 22/11/63

November 22 1963

LBJ visits Australia

October 1966

Becomes the first US President to visit Australia while in office.

Australia

Kevin Conway killed 6/7/64

July 6, 1964

First Australian killed in Vietnam.

Menzies announces Conscription 5/11/64

November 5 1964

Menzies announces the sending of combat troops to Vietnam 29/4/65

April 29 1965

Save Our Sons (SOS) Movement formed

May 1965

Was formed in Sydney by a group of mothers opposing conscription

Holt visits U.S

July 1966

Affirming Australia's friendship with the US and support of the war.
"All the Way with LBJ".

William White becomes first "draft resister"

July 1966

A Sydney school teacher who defied a notice to respond to a call up.

Gough Whitlam becomes Leader of the ALP 9/2/67

February 9 1967

National Service Act amended

May 1968

Transfer custody of draft resistors from military to civilian prisons for two year term

Violent Anti-war Demonstration 4/7/68

July 4 1968

2000 protestors demonstrate in front of US Consulate in Melbourne

Gough Whitlam takes a stand against conscription and the war

July 1969

John Gorton announces a battalion of Aus. troops would be withdrawn from Vietnam

April 1970

First Moratorium

May 1970

Second Moratorium

September 1970

13000 men were "Draft Resistors"

December 1970

5 SOS members were imprisoned 5/4/71

April 5 1971

in Fairlea Prison for enticing young men not to register

US Presidents

John F. Kennedy

January 20 1961 - November 22 1963

Lyndon B. Johnson

22 November 1963 - 20 January 1969

Richard Nixon

January 20 1969 - August 9 1974

Australian Prime Ministers

Sir Robert Menzies

December 19 1949 - January 26 1966

Harold Holt

January 26 1966 - December 19 1967

John McEwan

December 19 1967 - January 10 1968

John Gorton

January 10 1968 - March 10 1971

William McMahon

March 10 1971 - December 5 1972

Gough Whitlam

December 5 1972 - November 11 1975