December 18th – 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.


The United States Navy establishes river patrol units in the Vietnam War. The units consisted of PBR, Patrol Boats Riverine, small and rigid hull patrol boats. They were mostly used for stop and search operations to control whatever came in and out of North Vietnam in the Mekong Delta. Some were also used to insert and extract navy seals on the shores of North Vietnam.


General Victor Kulak writes a report expressing his disagreements towards General Westmoreland attrition strategy towards the Vietnam War. General Kulak termed it as a waste of American Soldiers’ lives and a strength draining battle with a little likelihood of success. Kulaks alternatively proposed focused to be drawn unto a pacification program providing village security and with increased air strikes on the communist forces and their facilities.


United States officials announce that the bombings and mining of North Vietnam which had been halted would resume until a settlement would be agreed upon. North Vietnam negotiators had earlier walked out of the peace talks in Paris. A 72-hour ultimatum issued by President Nixon to the North Vietnam delegates was ignored prompting Nixon to order the bombing under Operation Linebacker 11. It was a large scale aerial bombing of the Hanoi region.


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