November 15th – 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.


President Kennedy expresses doubts when a suggestion was made about introducing armed combat soldiers for ground operations. Both military and political conditions in South Vietnam were already deteriorating due to attacks from the Viet Cong supported by North Vietnam. President Kennedy preferred training South Vietnam soldiers on counterinsurgency and providing military aid and advice.


A United States military spokesman makes a report explaining Washington’s plan to withdraw 1,000 United States servicemen from Southern Vietnam starting from the 3rd of December 1964. The United States quickly increased its troops in South Vietnam instead prompted by the losses suffered by the Republic of Vietnam army from the insurgency in the North.


On the second day of the Battle of La Drang, the 1st cavalry division regiment engages the North Vietnam forces on landing on zone X-Ray in the La Drang Valley. Limited landing space at zone X-Ray made it difficult for the troops to be deployed, they were shuttled in instead while facing opposition from the North Vietnam forces.

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