November 16th – 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 resolves to step up the supply of military aid to South Vietnam but is still reluctant when it came to the deployment of United States foot soldiers. He was apprehensive about the Viet Cong insurgency but never wanted United Soldiers to be involved in a land war in Vietnam against the communists. Kennedy was hopefully that military aid would be enough to empower Saigon and its military.


Regiments of the United States 1st cavalry division manage to repulse attacks North Vietnam armed forces in la Drang valley on the last day of battle at zone X-Ray. Joe Galloway who served at zone X-Ray was later awarded the bronze star for his efforts during the Homeric battle. He was also regarded by the military as a fair and objective journalist who could be dependable to get the story right.


Operation Tran Hung Dao is launched in the Mekong Delta. The Joint General Staff directed South Vietnam officials to employ 5 airborne battalions, 4 rangers and 6 Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps to repel any attacks on Saigon during the Tet offensive. 953 enemy casualties were recorded at the time though they could be more.

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