This Date in the Vietnam War – March 31st

The following events took place on this date in Vietnam War History. We have gathered this information from sources deemed to be accurate. If you find any mistakes please contact us

1968

Clark Clifford, the Secretary of Defense got the President Johnson to approve 24,500 more troops in case of emergency, raising troop volume potential to the War’s apex of 549,400, a figure that was never actually reached.

1971

Lt. William Calley was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life and labor at Ft Leavenworth for his action during the My Lai massacre.

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This Date in the Vietnam War – March 30th

The following events took place on this date in Vietnam War History. We have gathered this information from sources deemed to be accurate. If you find any mistakes please contact us

1960

At the request of Ambassador Durbrow, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff responds by reversing MAAG policy and commanded that MAAG assist the ARVN to establish a better anti-guerrilla capability.

1965

Terrorists detonated a car bomb near the American Embassy in Saigon killing 22 people, two were Americans.

1966

After numerous weeks of Buddhist anti-government and propaganda filled anti-American demonstrations in northern cities Hue and Da Nang United States officials located in South Vietnam, including Ambassador Lodge and General Westmoreland, told the South Vietnamese government to take swift and harsh action to end this Uprising

1971

A confidential U.S. Army order to intercept and confiscate anti-Vietnam War and other dissident propaganda which was being sent to U.S.A. soldiers in South Vietnam

1972

A long anticipated offensive by NVA and the Viet Cong began. It was named the Nguyễn Huệ or Chiến dịch Xuân hè 1972 in Vietnamese and the Easter Offensive in English. 3 North Vietnamese army divisions (35,000+) moving with support from tanks and artillery crossed the DMZ and moved into from Laos to the west to attack a division of the South Vietnamese army. The North Vietnamese offensive had been expected, the invasion spread across the DMZ was a not, and the South Vietnamese army was not ready. Numerous small firebases were overtaken within hours.

The NVA objectives in launching what would be a three headed offensive were the seizure of Quang Tri in northern South Vietnam, Kontum of the Central Highlands, and An Loc to the southern end of the country.

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