December 15th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1965

The United States air force aircrafts demolish a thermal power plant at Uong Bi located 14 miles north of Haiphong. It was the first raid ever conducted by the United States Air Force on a prime Northern Vietnamese industrial target with devastating effects. 15 percent of the total electrical power supplied in North Vietnam was reportedly produced from the plant, most of Haiphong was left without electricity.

1969

President Richard Nixon reports during a press conference that he would approve the withdrawal of additional 50,000 United States troops by April 15, 1970, from South Vietnam. It would be the third reduction of the troops involved in the Vietnam War since the Midway conference in which President Nixon unveiled his Vietnamization program brings the total reduction to 115,000 troops.

 

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December 14th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1961

President John Kennedy official announces the United States commitment to increase military and economic aid to South Vietnam in a public letter exchange with President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. Kennedy was concerned with the latest advances made by the communist insurgency in South Vietnam territory. The military aid would involve intensive training of local defense troops by United States military advisors.

1963

A United States military spokesman announces that the continued communist guerilla assaults on South Vietnamese hamlets, patrols, and outposts in November winded up with 2,800 Saigon government casualties while the Viet Cong suffered a loss of 2,900 fighters. The Viet Cong also managed to get away with enough ammunition to arm about five 300-personel battalions.

1964

Operation Barrel Roll commences after being approved by President Lyndon Johnson on 1st December. It was the first phase of the bombing ploy involving United States bombers launching offensives against communist targets in northern Laos. The operation was a response towards Pathet Lao, a communist guerrilla group battling to overthrow the legitimate Royal Lao government.

 

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December 13th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1966

President Lyndon Johnson orders the 1st ever bombing of Hanoi, the capital of North Vietnam. In 1965 when Operation Rolling Thunder commenced, specific orders were issued to bombers to keep clear of Haiphong and Hanoi within mapped radiuses. President Johnson, however, revised his stance to include all area in an effort to wipe out enemy supply lines and facilities.

1972

The Paris Peace talks enter into a stalemate after 6 hours of negotiations between the United States National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam delegate Le Duc Tho. The root point of contention was which party would assume political power after a cease-fire is agreed upon. North Vietnam preferred dissolution of President Thieu’s government followed by a coalition government while the United States supported Thieu’s leadership.

1974

General Tran Van Tra of North Vietnam orders the 7th and newly formed 3rd division to launch an attack on Phuoc Long Province north of Saigon. The attack was an escalation of the cease-fire war that commenced shortly after the signing of the Paris Peace Accord. The assault was considered a test attack by Hanoi to confirm if the United States would fulfill its pledge to protect Saigon in case the North launches an attack.

 

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December 12th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1963

Robert McNamara the secretary of Defense cables Ambassador at Large Henry Cabot Lodge informing him of his planned visit to South Vietnam. The visit was intended to send a signal to the North Vietnam government that the United States would not go along with a communist triumph over South Vietnam. McNamara also outlined the United States readiness to escalate the war to whatever level till the communists were defeated.

1968

The ongoing Paris Peace talks continue to be racked by procedural questions which kept hampering any useful progress that could result in a cease-fire agreement. The South Vietnamese Prime minister Nguyen Cao declined to negotiate a permanent seating plan that would put the National Liberation Front on an equal foothold with Saigon. The NLF and Northern Vietnam officials likewise refused any arrangement that would identify Saigon as a legitimate South Vietnam government.

1969

A 1,350 man contingent of the Philippines Civic Action Group selected from the Philippines army are withdrawn from South Vietnam. The Civic Action Group was part of the Free Military Forces, a program set by President Lyndon Johnson to engage allies of both The United States and South Vietnam in the Vietnam War. President Johnson hoped that support from the allied nations would rally international consensus behind his Vietnam policies.

 

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December 11th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1961

The USS Core ferry carrier docks on the shores of Saigon for the first time. On board were the first United States helicopter units in Vietnam consisting of 33 Vertol H-21C Shawnees together with 400 air and ground flight crew to operate and maintain the helicopters. The core aim of the helicopter units was to airlift South Vietnamese Army troop to war zones for combat.

1969

The United States Paratroopers from the Third Brigade 82nd Airborne Division are withdrawn from Vietnam. The unit had been deployed to Vietnam in February 1968 as a countermeasure after the communist Tet attack. It was attached to the airmobile 101st airborne division with a mission of protecting the ancient city capital of Hue. The withdrawal was part of the Vietnamization program initiated by President Nixon.

 

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December 10th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1970

Lieutenant William Calley’s defense presents its case in Calley’s murder trial. Calley led a platoon under Charlier Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade belonging to the 23rd Divison. He was charged with the intentional murder of irreproachable Vietnamese civilians camping in clusters of hamlets in Son Tinh District Quang Ngai province. He is reported to have ordered the killing of every living creature in the vicinity of the hamlet.

1972

Technical linguistic experts belonging to both allied forces and the communist Northern Vietnam begin working on the proposed Paris peace accord language. The peace accord was later signed after confidential negotiations between the United States National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam government representatives. South Vietnamese President, unfortunately, declined the offer since it did not require the North Vietnamese forces to withdraw from South Vietnam.

 

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December 9th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1971

North and South Vietnamese government officials together with United States delegate William Porter fail for the first time to set another date for the continuation of the Paris talks. The refusal came during the 138th session of the negotiations after William Porter angered the North Vietnamese officials by requesting a postponement of the next session till Hanoi and the Viet Cong came up with a positive approach towards the talks.

 

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December 8th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1965

Operation Tiger Hound is launched to capture Ho Chi Minh trail in the lower regions of Laotian panhandle. It was one of the heaviest raids of the Vietnam War in which 150 United States Navy and Air Force planes were involved in the raid. The main aim of the operation was to block infiltration of North Vietnamese forces through the trail into South Vietnam territory. The operation lasted till 1968.

1966

The International Red Cross makes a press statement in Geneva stating that President Johnson’s proposal to end the prisoners of war crisis had been rejected by North Vietnam. Johnson’s proposal required fair treatment of prisoners and a possible exchange program for prisoners of war held captive by both parties. The matter was not resolved until 1973 when the Paris Peace Accord was signed.

1969

President Richard Nixon announces at a news conference that the Vietnam War is being wrapped up after a more effective plan had been agreed upon. The plan was a Vietnamization program in which the South Vietnamese forces would be trained and equipped to enable them to take more responsibility in the ongoing war. President Nixon also pointed out in his speech that about 60,000 United States troops had already been withdrawn from the region.

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December 7th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1963

Senator Mike Mansfield writes a memo to President Lyndon Johnson explaining the need for a neutral Vietnam to be agreed upon. Senator Mansfield was considered an expert for the Congress when it came to matters concerning the Southeast Asia due to his diverse experience. In his memo, he disputed Johnson’s advisors who thought the war could be won with a limited expenditure of American resources and lives.

1964

Viet Cong forces successful capture district headquarters of An Lao and the surrounding areas 300 miles on the northeast of Saigon. South Vietnamese soldiers managed to regain control of the region after reinforcement troops were air-lifted by United States helicopters to the region. Two United States advisors are killed in action while the South Vietnamese forces suffered 300 casualties in the course of the action.

1965

Secretary of Defense writes a memo to President Lyndon Johnson highlighting the need to augment the United States Troops strength to avoid losing the war to communist forces from the North. McNamara also noted that the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces believed the war would last longer than expected, and using time as their ally, the allied forces would eventually give in.

 

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December 6th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1961

Operation Farm Gate pilots are authorized by the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff to participate in combat missions. The program was initially undertaken for advisory support towards the South Vietnamese air force but later changed to combat operations involving both parties. Operation Farm Gate saw a gradual increase of the involvement of United States soldiers in the Vietnam War and not as President John Kennedy had originally ordered.

1968

Operation Giant Slingshot commences in the Mekong Delta region. The operation involved assaults on the Viet Cong crossing the river or on the beach using the PBR boats. The communists were in the dark about the maneuverability and great firepower of the boat at the time, they engaged them in many instances without prior planning and suffered more casualties as compared to the United States Naval forces.

1972

The confidential Paris peace negotiations resume after taking a 24 hours break. Meanwhile, the war between the communist forces and allied forces in South Vietnam was intensifying. The escalation was triggered by the need to achieve an advantage against the other side in the countryside which would be a plus in case a peace agreement would be signed in Paris. Tan Son Nhut airport was heavy hit by rocket fire in the escalation.

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