Vietnam War

Events

Dien Bien Phu

1954

Conventional war; French lost, shocking defeat; Giap brought supplies via bicycle; Vietnamese determined to get their country back.

Geneva Accords

1954

Peace Treaty; Vietminh agreed to 17th parallel; agreed on 1956 elections

No Elections

1956

US prevented democracy, while promoting it; 80% would vote for Ho Chi Minh; voter irregularities, rigged?; White Man's Burden

Hamlet Program

1962

Started Hamlet program; burning down villages; moving people into a secure location where they can watch them.

JFK Assasinated

1963

Diem Assassinated

1963

Gulf of Tonkin

1964

Rationalization of escalation of war; miscommunication - saying people firing on the second day, when not actually firing.

Rolling Thunder

1965 - 1967

bombing of N. Vietnamese; people moved underground

Tet Offensive

1968

My Lai Massacre

1969

Ho Chi Minh Dies

1969

Pentagon Papers

1973

Leaders

JFK

1960 - 1963

LBJ

1963 - 1968

Nixon

1968 - 1973

Programs

Advisors

1960 - 1963

Green berets

Escalation

1963 - 1968

Vietnamization

1968 - 1975

Nixon's policy