December 19th – 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 lands in Saigon to make an assessment of the new government’s war input against the Viet Cong fighters. Although he appeared publicly optimistic, he privately told President Johnson that the situation was disturbing. McNamara felt that if the situation couldn’t change in the next 3 months, then the current prevailing conditions could only lead to one end, the take-over of South Vietnam by Communism.


A second bloodless coup is conducted by Major General Nguyen Khanh and other generals under the command of Commodore Nguyen Cao. Civilian officials and three dozen high ranking officers are arrested in the process. Following the initial overthrow that saw the assassination of President Diem, the 1964 coup was part of the recurring political destabilizing processes that came after Diem’s death.


Hanoi foreign ministry’s officials condemn the United States’ bombings of Hanoi and Haiphong calling them barbaric and premeditated with an intention of escalating the Vietnam War. President Nixon ordered the bombings after North Vietnam negotiators walked out of the Paris Peace talks and failed to honor a 72-hour ultimatum to resume the talks. The operation was named Linebacker 11 which saw close to 20,000 tons of explosive bombs dropped between Haiphong and Hanoi.

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