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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.


Ambassador at large Lodge receives a request from Washington through Colonel Conein for additional information concerning the planned coup masterminded by Huong. The United States was concerned that in the case of a failed coup, that would jeopardize its position in the Southeast Asian region. Washington simply wanted enough proof that the coup would be quick and successful if not, the plan was to be abandoned.


President Kennedy together officials from Washington send out instructions to Mr. Lodge, the then Ambassador at large to postpone the expected coup. The coup had earlier on been postponed a number of times due to lack of proof pointing to a success and poor planning. Despite the clear instruction received, the ambassador did not go ahead and deliver the message.


The total number of United States soldiers in Vietnam decreases to about 196,700 troops. This was the lowest number recorded since January 1966. The drop was as a result of President Nixon’s Vietnamization program which required that United States troops withdraw as South Vietnam troops assume more responsibility for the ongoing war. The withdrawals were steady to avoid leaving behind gaps for the enemy to take advantage.

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