December 25th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1966

The assistant managing editor of the New York Times Harrison Salisbury compiles a report from Hanoi outlining the damage suffered by North Vietnam civilian areas as a result of the United States bombing campaign. Salisbury report aroused mixed reactions in Washington with irritated Pentagon officials calling it an exaggeration. The department of defense later conceded to the report stating that American pilots had accidentally bombed civilians while targeting military installations.

1972

The United States recommences Operation Linebacker II after a 36 hours interlude for Christmas. According to the United States officials, the Christmas bombing was rekindled because North Vietnamese officials sent no word concerning the Paris Peace talks. North Vietnam negotiators had walked out of the peace talks in Paris with Henry Kissinger the United States National security advisor.

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December 24th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1964

A vehicle filled with explosives is left parked at Brinks Hotel in Saigon by two Viet Cong spies camouflaged as South Vietnamese Soldiers. The resulting explosion killed two American officials, injured 65 others including some Vietnamese citizens staying in the hotel. Efforts by Ambassador Maxwell Taylor, General Westmoreland, and other United States officials to convince President Johnson to order retaliatory raids against the North failed.

1965

President Lyndon Johnson announces a halt on the ongoing Christmas Bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong. The bombings had been initiated to persuade North Vietnamese negotiator back to the peace talks after they had walked out. The operation, however, faced a lot of criticism due to the large number of civilian lives lost in Hanoi and Haiphong. President Johnson also called for a worldwide diplomatic input to persuade North Vietnam to bring an end to the war.

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December 23rd – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1966

New York’s Roman Catholic Archbishop and military Vicar of the United States armed forces Francis Cardinal Spellman lands in South Vietnam to visit American servicemen. In his speech at mass in Saigon, Spellman referred to the Vietnam conflict as a war for the civilization of the Vietnam Nations. Vatican sources conveyed displeasure with the statements made by Spellman terming them as not of the Pope or Church.

1972

45 senators vote against the ongoing Christmas Bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong. Out of 64 senators, only 19 of them supported the bombings. The Christmas bombing was ordered by President Nixon to force the North Vietnamese change their hard-lined stance against the Paris Peace talks which had already stalled. The Senate voting revealed the extensive opposition against the Christmas bombing by American lawmakers.

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December 22nd – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1971

The Soviet Union state officials criticize China for supporting policies set by the United States in Vietnam. China which had initially taken a tough line towards the peace talks between Washington and Hanoi softened its stance by agreeing to a North Vietnamese peace plan that would end the war. The accusations showcased the growing division between the two communist nations. President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 intensified the Soviet’s suspicions.

1972

Washington officials announce that the ongoing North Vietnam bombings would continue till North Vietnam negotiators agree to resume the Paris Peace talks in a goodwill and constructive attitude. This was after North Vietnamese delegates walked out of the Paris Peace talks and declined to resume the talks after a 72-hour ultimatum. President Nixon ordered the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong to force them back to the negotiating table.

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December 21st – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1963

Robert McNamara the secretary of defense writes a report to President Lyndon Johnson referring to Operation Hardnose as very successful and effective in combating the Viet Cong. Launched during the Laotian Civil War, Operation Hardnose was a CIA run program with a sole purpose of collecting intelligence and disrupting Viet Cong movements along the Ho Chi Minh trail. It was so successful that McNamara called for its expansion.

1969

Thailand’s officials announce the government intention of withdrawing the 1,200 Thai troops operating in South Vietnam. The contingent was part of the Free World Military Forces, a program initiated by President Johnson to enroll both the United States and South Vietnam allies in the Vietnam War. Johnson came up with the Free World Military Force with an aim of garnering international support towards his Vietnam policies.

1972

The United States Defense Department reports that 8 B-52 bombers and a handful fighter-bomber aircrafts were destroyed since the launch of Operation Linebacker II on December 18th. At least 43 crew members involved in the operation were captured or killed in action. President Nixon gave the go-ahead to the operation after North Vietnam Delegates walked out of the Paris Peace talks and failed to honor a 72-hour ultimatum to resume the negotiations.

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December 20th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1960

In an undisclosed location in South Vietnam, North Vietnam officials announce the inauguration of the National Liberation Front. The NFL was designed to duplicate the Viet Minh, an umbrella nationalist group which liberated Vietnam from the colonial era under France. The National Liberation Front target groups were the South Vietnamese citizens who were against President Ngo Diem government and their policies. 100 delegates representing religious groups and political parties were present.

1967

The Battle of Tam Quan finally comes to an end. It began when the United States 1st Brigade, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment and the 1st Cavalry Division ambushed the People’s Army of Vietnam which was making preparations to launch a major attack on the Army of the Republic of Vietnam posts in Tam Quan. The battle lasted for 2 weeks before the PAVN were finally subdued.

 

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December 19th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1963

Robert McNamara the secretary of defense lands in Saigon to make an assessment of the new government’s war input against the Viet Cong fighters. Although he appeared publicly optimistic, he privately told President Johnson that the situation was disturbing. McNamara felt that if the situation couldn’t change in the next 3 months, then the current prevailing conditions could only lead to one end, the take-over of South Vietnam by Communism.

1964

A second bloodless coup is conducted by Major General Nguyen Khanh and other generals under the command of Commodore Nguyen Cao. Civilian officials and three dozen high ranking officers are arrested in the process. Following the initial overthrow that saw the assassination of President Diem, the 1964 coup was part of the recurring political destabilizing processes that came after Diem’s death.

1972

Hanoi foreign ministry’s officials condemn the United States’ bombings of Hanoi and Haiphong calling them barbaric and premeditated with an intention of escalating the Vietnam War. President Nixon ordered the bombings after North Vietnam negotiators walked out of the Paris Peace talks and failed to honor a 72-hour ultimatum to resume the talks. The operation was named Linebacker 11 which saw close to 20,000 tons of explosive bombs dropped between Haiphong and Hanoi.

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December 18th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1965

The United States Navy establishes river patrol units in the Vietnam War. The units consisted of PBR, Patrol Boats Riverine, small and rigid hull patrol boats. They were mostly used for stop and search operations to control whatever came in and out of North Vietnam in the Mekong Delta. Some were also used to insert and extract navy seals on the shores of North Vietnam.

1965

General Victor Kulak writes a report expressing his disagreements towards General Westmoreland attrition strategy towards the Vietnam War. General Kulak termed it as a waste of American Soldiers’ lives and a strength draining battle with a little likelihood of success. Kulaks alternatively proposed focused to be drawn unto a pacification program providing village security and with increased air strikes on the communist forces and their facilities.

1972

United States officials announce that the bombings and mining of North Vietnam which had been halted would resume until a settlement would be agreed upon. North Vietnam negotiators had earlier walked out of the peace talks in Paris. A 72-hour ultimatum issued by President Nixon to the North Vietnam delegates was ignored prompting Nixon to order the bombing under Operation Linebacker 11. It was a large scale aerial bombing of the Hanoi region.

 

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December 17th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1971

Cambodian government posts in Prak Ham and Taing Kauk are continuously bombed by communist fighters led by Khmer Rougue and their North Vietnamese allies in an effort to encircle the capital city. The Cambodian troops remained under pressure despite the aerial reinforcement from the United States air-force. Withdrawal of American troops in the region left the Cambodian government fighting the communists on their own after the signing of the Paris Peace Accord.

1972

The United States warplanes consisting of A-6 Intruders and A-7 Corsairs carrying 1000 pound Mk-52 and 500 pound Mk-36 anti-ship mines respectively dro mines off the coast of North Vietnam. The mine laying aerial campaign had been paused in 1968 but later resumed after the Easter offensive launched against the South by communist forces. The mines were laid to prevent ships from traveling into or out of North Vietnam.

 

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December 16th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1961

The United States pilots conducting Operation Farm Gate missions are given the go-ahead to engage in combat operations. The Geneva Agreements signed in 1954 restricted flying of bomber aircrafts into the Indo-China region hence the United States B-26 and SC-47 were renamed as reconnaissance bombers. The bombers were only allowed to fly the combat missions on condition that a Vietnamese crew member was on board.

1965

The commander of the United States Military Assistance Command in Vietnam, General William Westmoreland requests for more troops to be deployed in South Vietnam. In a statement to Secretary Robert McNamara, Westmoreland appealed for an additional 243,000 troops to add to the 200,000 men who were already operating in South Vietnam. His reason was a deteriorating South Vietnamese military force losing about 500 men per week.

1972

In a media conference in Washington, the National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger announces that the North Vietnamese delegates had walked out of the ongoing confidential Paris Peace talks. The central point of disagreement between Kissinger and the North Vietnam officials was about who would rule South Vietnam after a cease-fire agreement was agreed upon. The North preferred a new coalition government while the United States supported President Nguyen government.

 

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