December 17th – 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.


Cambodian government posts in Prak Ham and Taing Kauk are continuously bombed by communist fighters led by Khmer Rougue and their North Vietnamese allies in an effort to encircle the capital city. The Cambodian troops remained under pressure despite the aerial reinforcement from the United States air-force. Withdrawal of American troops in the region left the Cambodian government fighting the communists on their own after the signing of the Paris Peace Accord.


The United States warplanes consisting of A-6 Intruders and A-7 Corsairs carrying 1000 pound Mk-52 and 500 pound Mk-36 anti-ship mines respectively dro mines off the coast of North Vietnam. The mine laying aerial campaign had been paused in 1968 but later resumed after the Easter offensive launched against the South by communist forces. The mines were laid to prevent ships from traveling into or out of North Vietnam.


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