December 13th – 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.


President Lyndon Johnson orders the 1st ever bombing of Hanoi, the capital of North Vietnam. In 1965 when Operation Rolling Thunder commenced, specific orders were issued to bombers to keep clear of Haiphong and Hanoi within mapped radiuses. President Johnson, however, revised his stance to include all area in an effort to wipe out enemy supply lines and facilities.


The Paris Peace talks enter into a stalemate after 6 hours of negotiations between the United States National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam delegate Le Duc Tho. The root point of contention was which party would assume political power after a cease-fire is agreed upon. North Vietnam preferred dissolution of President Thieu’s government followed by a coalition government while the United States supported Thieu’s leadership.


General Tran Van Tra of North Vietnam orders the 7th and newly formed 3rd division to launch an attack on Phuoc Long Province north of Saigon. The attack was an escalation of the cease-fire war that commenced shortly after the signing of the Paris Peace Accord. The assault was considered a test attack by Hanoi to confirm if the United States would fulfill its pledge to protect Saigon in case the North launches an attack.


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