August 26th – This Date in the Vietnam War

vietnam veterans memorial Boscawen, New Hampshire

This photo was taken at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Boscawen, New Hampshire. To learn more about this and over 50 other Vietnam Veteran Memorials by purchasing Fallen Never Forgotten here

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

This timeline is meant to keep track of what was both happening on the battlefield, politically and at home in the USA during the Vietnam war.

1964

The Joint Chiefs of Staff send a message to Sec of Def McNamara about a call from Ambassador Maxwell Taylor in Saigon who earlier asked for a bombing North Vietnam to keep from a “an entire collapse of the United States position in the Southeast Asian country.”

1969

The 3rd Battalion, 197th Artillery endures its most astounding death toll when a truck with seven soldiers ran over a landmine only two weeks before the unit was planned to return home to Manchester, New Hampshire. Around 32 miles from Saigon, their vehicle hit a 40-pound mine on Highway 13, known as “Thunder Road.” It is said that they were so close to their destination they could see Lai Khe Base Camp.

 

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