December 21st – 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 writes a report to President Lyndon Johnson referring to Operation Hardnose as very successful and effective in combating the Viet Cong. Launched during the Laotian Civil War, Operation Hardnose was a CIA run program with a sole purpose of collecting intelligence and disrupting Viet Cong movements along the Ho Chi Minh trail. It was so successful that McNamara called for its expansion.


Thailand’s officials announce the government intention of withdrawing the 1,200 Thai troops operating in South Vietnam. The contingent was part of the Free World Military Forces, a program initiated by President Johnson to enroll both the United States and South Vietnam allies in the Vietnam War. Johnson came up with the Free World Military Force with an aim of garnering international support towards his Vietnam policies.


The United States Defense Department reports that 8 B-52 bombers and a handful fighter-bomber aircrafts were destroyed since the launch of Operation Linebacker II on December 18th. At least 43 crew members involved in the operation were captured or killed in action. President Nixon gave the go-ahead to the operation after North Vietnam Delegates walked out of the Paris Peace talks and failed to honor a 72-hour ultimatum to resume the negotiations.

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