This Date in the Vietnam War – April 30th

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1964

Robert Kennedy, states that President Kennedy had an overwhelming reason for being in Vietnam and that we should win the war. Kennedy says he has no consideration by the President to withdrawing from Vietnam.

1965

The CIA warns that bringing in more U.S. ground forces to Vietnam may lead to the war weary people of South Vietnam to let the U.S. deal with an even greater share of the fighting.

1971

Priest Philip Berrigan and 7 more are indicted for their plan to abduct Henry Kissinger and to detonate explosions at government buildings.

1975

The fall/capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. Taken over by the NVA. This was the end of the War and marked the beginning of a transition period for the formal reunification of the two regions under communist rule.

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 27th

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1960

18 Vietnamese intellectuals, called the Caravelle Group, wrote to their President expressing concern about the the way the government was be directed. They protested against Agroville program. A program that focused on concentrating rural residencies into protected settlements.

1961

The report of a prolific study group led by Undersecretary of Defense Gilpatric stated “South Vietnam is nearing the decisive phase of its battle for survival” and is “critical but not hopeless.” It recommended that the United States show our friends and enemies that “the US intends to win this battle.”

1964

Operation Quyet Thang, an ARVN operation with US support was launched. The month long operation led to much damage in the Do Xa sanctuary which was a direct connection to the Viet Cong’s supply lines from Laos and the central highlands.

1972

US Joint Chiefs of Staff analyzed the South Vietnamese Army’s performance to that point in the Easter offensive and said it was encouraging

1974

Battle at Svay Rieng turned out to be the last major op of the War by the ARVN against PAVN

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 24th

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1966

Operation Birmingham north of Saigon begins. The 1st Infantry Division and the ARVN 5th Div begin operations to the east flank of War Zone C. Hope to open Route 13 from Saigon and north and engage the 9th Division of the VietCong who succumbed to many lost, but withdrew back into Cambodia.

 

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 23rd

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1960

The Army Times give very high praise to General William’s MAAG group in Saigon saying it might be “the finest there is.”

1965

Ambassador Taylor reports that Prime Minister Quat is refusing to accept the deployment of over U.S. troops to South Vietnam.

1971

Vietnam veterans toss more than 700 medals onto West steps of the Capitol building protest the War. Anti-war organizers claim that 500k attended

1972

The 3rd rush of the NVA Easter Offensive kicked off in the Central Highlands. Over a full division of NVA attacked a division of ARVN at Tân Cảnh Base. By the time the sun went down on 24 April, the NVA had taken control of Tan Canh and Dak To II Base

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 21st

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1960

South Vietnam military reports it killed 930 VietCong and captured more than 1,300 from mid-Jan to April, but also stated captured only around 150 weapons. At the same time the ARVN lost over one thousand arms which made Gen. Williams doubt “how a well trained soldier feels necessary to throw away his weapon.

1967

Search and destroy mission named Operation Union in the Que Son Valley is launched by the 1st Marine Reg to engage the PAVN 2nd Division. This particular operation finished May 16

April to May 1967 Hill Fights was a fierce fight between the PAVN and Marines on Hills 881 N, 881 S, and 861 N of Khe Sanh Combat Base part or the I Corps Tactical Zone.

1972

Kissinger visits Moscow to meet with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. They are to prepare for a summit meeting between Nixon and Brezhnev. President Nixon tells Kissinger that the highest of priorities is to receive Soviet cooperation and ironing out an agreement to end hostile conflict in South Vietnam.

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 18th

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1960

The South Vietnamese army reported that it had killed 931 Viet Cong and captured 1,300 from mid-January to mid-April, but reported that they had captured only 150 weapons. During the same period the ARVN lost more than 1,000 weapons which led General Williams to doubt “how a well-trained…soldier feels it necessary to throw his weapons away.

 

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 17th

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1960

North Vietnam protested about the massive rise in U.S. military presence in South Vietnam. They then accused the United States of readying for a new war.

1963

A National Intelligence Estimate stated: “We believe that Communist progress has been blunted…The Viet Cong can be contained militarily and…further progress can be made in expanding the area of government control and in creating greater security in the countryside.”

CIA Dir McCone had refused an earlier draft which was less optimistic. He directed analysts to find out the beliefs of senior military and civilian policymakers, who were for the most part more optimistic. The earlier draft read: “The struggle in South Vietnam will be protracted and costly because great weaknesses remain and will be difficult to surmount.”

These “weaknesses” of South Vietnamese government were labeled as, lack of aggressive and/or firm leadership on all command command, unsatisfactory morale among soldiers, a lack of trust between peasant and troop, substandard tactical use of forces, a very poor intelligence system, and Commy penetration into the South Vietnamese military.

A change in the emphasis of this report from pessimistic to optimistic was cited by CIA studies as an example of skewing intelligence to fit the agenda of government officials.

1965

D.C. about 20k people protested the war. The first large protest against the Vietnam war held on US soil.

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 3rd

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1963

Lt. Col. John Paul Vann left Vietnam for the United States. He met with and briefed officials at the Pentagon about the situation in RVN. He was also invited to speak to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on July 8. But this was rescheduled at the last minute, apparently by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor. He planned to say that the body counts ARVN listed of Viet Cong killed were over exaggerated and included many non soldiers and that use of artillery alienating the Vietnamese people.

1971

Lt. Calley, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the My Lai massacre but was then transferred from Leavenworth prison to house arrest.

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 2nd

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1972

ARVN numbering over fifteen hundred soldiers at Camp Carroll, some miles south of DMZ, surrendered to the NVA. Camp Carroll was vital to South Vietnam for its 175 mm artillery with range of 20 miles. The surrender of Camp Carroll handed NVA a stronghold on western Quang Tri

Now the city of Dong Ha was threatened, Nixon authorized U.S. Navy ships  to strike with warplanes and gunfire

1973

President Thieu of South Vietnam ended a two day trip to the US. President Nixon vowed to continue financial aid to South Vietnam, up to congressional approval. Thieu promised to never again request the USA to to send more troops into South Vietnam

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This Date in the Vietnam War – April 1st

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1965

In North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh put forth a new military service law. Prior enlisted were extended indefinitely, discharged soldiers were called back, and many more young people were drafted into military service. North Vietnam increased the size of it’s army by 290,000 and its defense militia from 1,400,000 to 2 million.

1969

American military in Vietnam reached it’s peak at just over 543,000

1970

Operation Texas Star took place in the A Shau Valley and mountains just to the east of the valley. Its goal was to at regain the initiative in that region. Operation Texas Star resulted in the Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord

1973

The last released American POW, Captain Robert White, was freed by the NVA.

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