November 14th – 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.


A situation report filed at the Pentagon suggests that progress towards repelling the communists is being made in South Vietnam. While the military was becoming more effective, the Viet Cong was slackening. The South consisted of 219,000 soldiers, 77,000 troops for the civil guard, self-defense corps stood at 99,500 troops and in addition to that, 11,000 advisers, 300 aircrafts, 120 helicopters and other weapons were provided by the United States.


The United States forces, parts of the 3rd brigade, 1st cavalry division and North Vietnamese forces engage in the first major war with the communist main forces in La Drang valley of the central highlands. The fight went on into the night with the United States forces receiving air support from tactical air strikes and more from nearby artillery units. The battle was vital since it was the first encounter between American forces and North Vietnam.


A United States helicopter is shot down by the Viet Cong killing all on board including Major General Bruno Hochmuth. He was the commander of the 3rd marine division which was also involved in the Vietnam War. Major General Hochmuth is the most senior United States officer killed in action since then to date.

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