November 20th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1963

A meeting is held between Secretary McNamara, civilian and military leaders in Hawaii. An assessment of the Vietnam War reveals more setback as compared to the last Hawaiian meetings. OPLAN 63 is also discussed the meeting and given a green light to proceed even after being rejected by CIA director William Colby. Secretary McNamara directs the CIA to assist the military in organizing large covert operation in North Vietnam.

1964

For the first time, 3 regiments (full units) under the North Vietnam armed forces are sent out to reinforce the Viet Cong in fighting the South Vietnam regime. They depart from Northern Vietnam forging ahead to the south through the Ho Chi Minh trail. Other North Vietnam troops are believed to have left for the south earlier on in October.

1972

Henry Kissinger returns to Paris for a meeting with North Vietnam negotiator Le Duc Tho who had term Kissinger as a deceptive person. Both North and South Vietnam officials are adamant when it comes to signing the peace agreement. The South demanded changes while the North wanted it signed as agreed by the United States excluding objections raised by President Thieu.

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November 19th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1964

Middle-level government officials from state departments and the ministry of defense in South Vietnam and the CIA present a detailed analysis to President Johnson’s policymakers. The analysis consisted of option A which was to reject any negotiations with North Vietnam, option B, increase military actions against the North till attacks on the South ceased while option C was to maintain the current policy but with an increase in military pressure on the North.

1967

The United States Senate foreign relations committee passes a proposal to counter commitment of the American armed forces and another one compelling president Johnson to ensure that the Vietnamese War conflict is brought for discussion at the United Nation Security Council. These steps were taken as a result of casualties suffered by the United States soldiers repelling the communists in South Vietnam.

1971

Cambodians plead with Saigon officials for help in fighting communist forces who were closing in on Phnom Pehn. A delegation of 8 Cambodians had flown into Saigon the previous week requesting for artillery and engineering support for Cambodian troops. The Cambodian had initially declined military and financial help from the United States.

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November 18th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1964

The largest air assault of the war consisting of 116 South Vietnamese and United States combat aircrafts carrying 1,100 South Vietnamese soldiers into Tah Ninh and Binh Duong provinces is conducted. Headed by General Nguyen Khanh, the operation was conducted with an aim of wiping out the communists’ strongholds in the province. Nevertheless, there was a light engagement with the Viet Cong.

1969

Communist forces wound or kill 60,000 men belonging to the South Vietnamese army in the Mekong Delta. The communist forces only lose 14 men from their troops. The high number of South Vietnamese casualties is blamed on poor fighting skills on their part. It was the first battle after United States withdrawal in the northern delta leaving the South Vietnam government to take charge.

1970

President Nixon requests the Congress to make supplemental budget appropriations for Premier Lon Nol government of Cambodia. He requested for $155 million new funds of which $85 million would be for military aid consisting of ammunition. The military aid and assistance were to be used by Lon Nol government to prevent Cambodia from falling into the North Vietnamese communist forces.

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November 17th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1965

The 8th battalion of the Northern Vietnamese 66th regiment launches a surprise attack on the first cavalry division in what would be later called the battle of la Drang Valley. The unit was massively ambushed while moving in the jungle in large columns from all sides. Most of the soldiers were hit since the engagement was in tight quarters that limited the use of support power which would have risked endangering American lives.

1970

1ST Lieutenant William Calley court marshalling begins. Calley had been a platoon leader in Charlie Company, 20th infantry, 1st battalion and 11th infantry of the 23rd American division. He steered his men in a massacre of Vietnam civilians including children and women at My Lai on 6th March 1968. The massacre was initially suppressed but came to light a year later.

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November 16th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1961

President Kennedy resolves to step up the supply of military aid to South Vietnam but is still reluctant when it came to the deployment of United States foot soldiers. He was apprehensive about the Viet Cong insurgency but never wanted United Soldiers to be involved in a land war in Vietnam against the communists. Kennedy was hopefully that military aid would be enough to empower Saigon and its military.

1965

Regiments of the United States 1st cavalry division manage to repulse attacks North Vietnam armed forces in la Drang valley on the last day of battle at zone X-Ray. Joe Galloway who served at zone X-Ray was later awarded the bronze star for his efforts during the Homeric battle. He was also regarded by the military as a fair and objective journalist who could be dependable to get the story right.

1968

Operation Tran Hung Dao is launched in the Mekong Delta. The Joint General Staff directed South Vietnam officials to employ 5 airborne battalions, 4 rangers and 6 Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps to repel any attacks on Saigon during the Tet offensive. 953 enemy casualties were recorded at the time though they could be more.

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November 15th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1961

President Kennedy expresses doubts when a suggestion was made about introducing armed combat soldiers for ground operations. Both military and political conditions in South Vietnam were already deteriorating due to attacks from the Viet Cong supported by North Vietnam. President Kennedy preferred training South Vietnam soldiers on counterinsurgency and providing military aid and advice.

1964

A United States military spokesman makes a report explaining Washington’s plan to withdraw 1,000 United States servicemen from Southern Vietnam starting from the 3rd of December 1964. The United States quickly increased its troops in South Vietnam instead prompted by the losses suffered by the Republic of Vietnam army from the insurgency in the North.

1965

On the second day of the Battle of La Drang, the 1st cavalry division regiment engages the North Vietnam forces on landing on zone X-Ray in the La Drang Valley. Limited landing space at zone X-Ray made it difficult for the troops to be deployed, they were shuttled in instead while facing opposition from the North Vietnam forces.

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November 14th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1962

A situation report filed at the Pentagon suggests that progress towards repelling the communists is being made in South Vietnam. While the military was becoming more effective, the Viet Cong was slackening. The South consisted of 219,000 soldiers, 77,000 troops for the civil guard, self-defense corps stood at 99,500 troops and in addition to that, 11,000 advisers, 300 aircrafts, 120 helicopters and other weapons were provided by the United States.

1965

The United States forces, parts of the 3rd brigade, 1st cavalry division and North Vietnamese forces engage in the first major war with the communist main forces in La Drang valley of the central highlands. The fight went on into the night with the United States forces receiving air support from tactical air strikes and more from nearby artillery units. The battle was vital since it was the first encounter between American forces and North Vietnam.

1967

A United States helicopter is shot down by the Viet Cong killing all on board including Major General Bruno Hochmuth. He was the commander of the 3rd marine division which was also involved in the Vietnam War. Major General Hochmuth is the most senior United States officer killed in action since then to date.

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November 13th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1960

An article published in the New York Times Magazine states that South Vietnam President, Ngo Dinh Diem, was between two fires. The communist insurgency in the rural areas and rebellion among the majority of South Vietnam government officials including most military generals advocating for reforms due to the authoritative nature of president Diems leadership.

1967

Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, General William Westmoreland, and the head of civil operations, Robert Komer brief President Johnson on the Situation in Vietnam. They depicted a buoyant picture about the war which misleads President Johnson to announce on the media that they were inflicting more losses than they were taking, a statement that he would later come to regret.

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November 12th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1960

Led by Colonel Nguyen Chanh Thi and Vuong Dong, five paratroop battalions attempting to overthrow President Diem encircle the presidential palace but fail the coup attempt. President Diem manages to negotiate with Colonel Dong for a cease-fire promising to implement reforms but instead uses the opportunity to mobilize loyal forces to quell the rebels.

1969

The United States Army admits its involvement in the 1968 massacre of Vietnam civilians at Lai and announces that an investigation will be launched to determine Lieutenant William Calley involvement. Lieutenant Calley was found guilty of murder that saw not less than 100 civilians killed. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor but later released.

1971

The deadline for the withdrawal of an additional 45,000 United States soldiers is set to February 1st, 1972 by President Richard Nixon. He stated that most of the offensive operations were now being undertaken by South Vietnam soldiers while the United States soldiers had retreated to defensive positions. The withdrawals had begun in 1969 and were down to 139,000 troops by the end of the February withdrawals.

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November 11th – This Date in the Vietnam War

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1967

The Viet Cong releases three United States prisoners, two of them African American in a ceremony at Phnom Penh. They were turned over to Tom Hayden, an American anti-war activist. The Viet Cong claimed that the release was as a result of the antiwar demonstrations in America and a goodwill gesture towards the bold struggle of blacks in the United States.

1968

Operation Commando Hunt is launched in South Vietnam by the United States armed forces. The operation is set afloat to cut off Communists routes being used to infiltrate South Vietnam through Laos. The aerial campaign consisted of intensive bombing operations conducted by the United States air-force, Marine Corps, and navy aircrafts. About 3 million tons of bombs were detonated over Laos during the operation lasting till April 1972

1972

Long Binh military base which was once the largest military installation outside the United States mainland is handed over to the South Vietnamese government. It included quite a number of supply depots, ammunition deports and logistics installations. It had earlier on served as the headquarters for the United States Army and 1st logistics command in Vietnam.

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