December 12th – 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.


Robert McNamara the secretary of Defense cables Ambassador at Large Henry Cabot Lodge informing him of his planned visit to South Vietnam. The visit was intended to send a signal to the North Vietnam government that the United States would not go along with a communist triumph over South Vietnam. McNamara also outlined the United States readiness to escalate the war to whatever level till the communists were defeated.


The ongoing Paris Peace talks continue to be racked by procedural questions which kept hampering any useful progress that could result in a cease-fire agreement. The South Vietnamese Prime minister Nguyen Cao declined to negotiate a permanent seating plan that would put the National Liberation Front on an equal foothold with Saigon. The NLF and Northern Vietnam officials likewise refused any arrangement that would identify Saigon as a legitimate South Vietnam government.


A 1,350 man contingent of the Philippines Civic Action Group selected from the Philippines army are withdrawn from South Vietnam. The Civic Action Group was part of the Free Military Forces, a program set by President Lyndon Johnson to engage allies of both The United States and South Vietnam in the Vietnam War. President Johnson hoped that support from the allied nations would rally international consensus behind his Vietnam policies.


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