May 9th – This Date in the Vietnam War

This photo was at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Portland, Oregon. Learn about over 50 interesting and sacred Vietnam Veteran Memorials by purchasing Fallen Never Forgotten here 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.

1964

Ngo Dinh Can the brother to South Vietnam former president Diem is executed following an order from General Khanh. Khanh facilitated the execution with an aim of making peace with the Buddhist military movement even after severally requests by the United States Ambassador Lodge to have Ngo Dinh Can life spared.

1969

William Beecher, the New York Times military correspondent prints a single page dispatch titled “Raids in Cambodia by the United States Unprotested” from Washington accurately depicting the recent raids in Cambodia by B-52s. Henry Kissinger immediately contacted FBI director J. Edgar requesting him to find the source of the leak. Kissinger’s assistant Alexander Haig submitted a list of names from the National Security Council and the American press whose telephones would be wiretapped by the FBI during the following two years.

1970

30 American gunboats join 110 crafts from the South Vietnamese navy as they bulldoze their way up the Mekong River. Their mission for the thrust up was to eliminate communist sanctuaries established 45 miles between Phnom Penh and South Vietnam. The American vessels would not thrust up further than Neak Long following a policy limiting its forces from penetrating into Cambodia by 21.7 miles only.

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