November 12th – 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.


Led by Colonel Nguyen Chanh Thi and Vuong Dong, five paratroop battalions attempting to overthrow President Diem encircle the presidential palace but fail the coup attempt. President Diem manages to negotiate with Colonel Dong for a cease-fire promising to implement reforms but instead uses the opportunity to mobilize loyal forces to quell the rebels.


The United States Army admits its involvement in the 1968 massacre of Vietnam civilians at Lai and announces that an investigation will be launched to determine Lieutenant William Calley involvement. Lieutenant Calley was found guilty of murder that saw not less than 100 civilians killed. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor but later released.


The deadline for the withdrawal of an additional 45,000 United States soldiers is set to February 1st, 1972 by President Richard Nixon. He stated that most of the offensive operations were now being undertaken by South Vietnam soldiers while the United States soldiers had retreated to defensive positions. The withdrawals had begun in 1969 and were down to 139,000 troops by the end of the February withdrawals.

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