December 2nd – This Date in the Vietnam War

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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.

1961

Mike Mansfield, a United States Senate majority leader makes an adverse comment against the involvement of United States troops in the Vietnam War after a trip to Vietnam. Mansfield was against escalation of the Vietnam War and even encouraged President Nixon’s plan to extract United States troops from the Southeast Asian region. He was the first government official to negatively comment about the war.

1963

South Vietnamese military junta which had taken over after the successful November Coup that left President Ngo Diem dead instructs a temporary stop to the Hamlet program. The program had been put into place by President Diem to gather poor farmers into centralized locations away from guerrilla attacks. The militia hoped to win the hearts of the local but the strategy did not work.

1965

For the first time, the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) together with the USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) are deployed in the Vietnam War. They were the first nuclear-propelled task unit ever to be used in a combat mission. Fighter jets and recon aircrafts were launched from the aircraft carriers near the Bien Hoa region in Vietnam.

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