March 22nd – 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.

1965


The State Department admits that non-lethal gases which cause temporary immobilization had been supplied to the South Vietnamese armed forces by the United States. The announcement is met with worldwide criticism led by the Soviets and North Vietnam protesting the instigation of poisonous gases into the war. State Secretary Dean Rusk dismisses the allegations insisting that they had not embarked on gas welfare, rather, gases used were merely those used by police on
protesters.

1968


President Lyndon Johnson makes public the nomination of General William Westmoreland as Chief of staff of the army. General Creighton Abrams replaces Westmoreland as the new commander of the United States forces operating in Vietnam. Westmoreland had initially been applauded when the war had begun but later blamed by many when things turned sour over the Tet offensive. The Vietnamization program launched by President Nixon administration now lay upon General Abrams for implementation.

1974


The Viet Cong presents an armistice to both the United States and South Vietnam. The ceasefire if agreed upon, would bring about the suspension of hostilities to all parties and a general election to democratically elect new leaders in the region. This was after suffering massive defeats on their forces.

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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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