December 23rd – 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.


New York’s Roman Catholic Archbishop and military Vicar of the United States armed forces Francis Cardinal Spellman lands in South Vietnam to visit American servicemen. In his speech at mass in Saigon, Spellman referred to the Vietnam conflict as a war for the civilization of the Vietnam Nations. Vatican sources conveyed displeasure with the statements made by Spellman terming them as not of the Pope or Church.


45 senators vote against the ongoing Christmas Bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong. Out of 64 senators, only 19 of them supported the bombings. The Christmas bombing was ordered by President Nixon to force the North Vietnamese change their hard-lined stance against the Paris Peace talks which had already stalled. The Senate voting revealed the extensive opposition against the Christmas bombing by American lawmakers.

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