The Vietnam War



1858 - 1884

french invasion of vietnam.
vietnam become a french colony.

Ho Chi Minh ignored


Ho Chi Minh attends paris peace conference.His goal is to free vietnam from french rule.


October 1930

Ho Chi Minh helps create the Communist Party

2nd invasion

september 1940

japan invades vietnam,but keep the french administration

japn joins axis

Sep 27, 1940

japan joins the axis forces

viet minh

may 1941

Ho Chi Minh makes the Viet Minh (League for the Independence of Vietnam

fdr dies

april 12 1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia. ,Vice President Harry S. Truman becomes president


august 6 1945

The US drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing 75,000 people, and injuring more than 100,000


august 9 1945

A second atomic bomb is dropped in Nagasaki

japan surrenders

august 15 1945

japan surrenders ending WWII


August 18 1945

Under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh the Viet Minh revolts against Emperor Bao Dai

emperor surrenders

August 30 1945

Emperor Bao Dai surrenders leadership to Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh

british come in

sep 13 1945

The British land in Saigon to disarm the Japanese and to restore French control south of the seventeenth parallel. After some fighting, the Viet Minh withdraws

Ho Chi Minh Asks US Support

feb 28 1946

Ho Chi minh writes a letter to harry truman for support

Ho Chi Minh Meets French

jun 1946

Ho Chi Minh meets with the french who refuse to grant them independence


dec 19 1946

The Viet Minh attacks French forces occupying Hanoi in northern Vietnam

free stuff


President Harry S. Truman begins to

Truman Reelected

november 1948

President Harry S. Truman is elected to a second term.

free stuff again

january 1950

The Viet Minh receive military advisors and weapons from China


september 1950

The first group of U.S. military advisors—the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG)—arrives in Saigon

new president

november 1952

Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President of the United States

no no no

feb 10 1954

President Eisenhower refuses to send American troops to the Franco-Vietnamese War

dien bien phu

march 13 1954

The Viet Minh launches its first assault on French forces at Dien Bien Phu. The battle will rage for over two months

French surrender

may 7 1954

the French surrender to the Viet Minh

geneva accords

july 21 1954

France and Ho Chi Minh sign the Geneva Accords, in which Vietnam is to be divided at the seventeenth parallel until elections can be held in 1956 to reunify the country. The South Vietnamese government and the United States refuse to sign, though both promise to go by the agreement.


nov 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower is reelected to a second term as President of the United States

first american deaths

july 8 1959

Two military advisors are killed by Viet Minh guerilla soldiers in a raid at Bien Hoa in South Vietnam

new persident


John F. Kennedy elected president


november 11 1960

President Ngo Dinh Diem defeats an attempted coup by his own South Vietnamese government forces, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)

first combat death

december 22 1961

An American serviceman dies in Vietnam

jkf assassination


President John F. Kennedy is shot and killed. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president

diem overthrown

november 1 1963

With U.S. encouragement, South Vietnamese General Duong Van Minh overthrows the Diem regime, and the following day he orders the execution of Diem and his brother



Lyndon B. Johnson wins the presidential election in a tremendous landslide



By the end of 1965, the U.S. troop strength in Vietnam exceeds 200,000

viet cong attacks pleiku

feb 7 1965

The Viet Cong attack a U.S. Air Force base at Pleiku, South Vietnam, killing eight Americans and wounding more than 100

first combat units arrive

march 8 1965

The first U.S. combat units arrive in Vietnam

Operation Rolling Thunder

may 2 1965

objetetive was too cripple the north's transportation system into the south

search and destroy

june 1965

American ground forces engage the Viet Cong in direct fighting for the first time. Platoons are sent to "search and destroy



By the end of 1967, the U.S. military presence in Vietnam has increased to 485,000



Richard Nixon is elected president of the United States



total of American combat deaths in Vietnam reaches 22,951

tet offinsive

december 31 1968

viet cong attack us troops in massive waves.viet cong will suffer over 37000 about 2500

ho chi minh dies

september 3 1969

At the age of 79, ho chi minh dies

Vietnam War Officially Ends

march 29 1973

The Vietnam War is officially over for the United States


aug 9 1974

President Nixon resigns amidst the Watergate scandal; his vice president Gerald Ford takes office

Saigon falls

april 30 1975

he North Vietnamese take Saigon; the war in Vietnam ends