October 31st – 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.


Five days before the presidential elections, President Lyndon Johnson makes a televised address to the nation announcing the cease of all aerial, naval and artillery bombing of North Vietnam. This was in accordance with the Paris peace negotiations that had earlier own been agreed upon for a cease-fire in North Vietnam. The decision was hailed by various leaders but subdued in Saigon by president Thieu stating that Washington had acted on its own without consulting them.


In a state of the nation address, South Vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu announces that the pacification program to provide territorial security and destruction of the enemy underground government had worked. 99.1% of the total territory was under full control of the South Vietnam government. He also stated that he would never allow a coalition government with the communists since that had not worked before.


Saigon starts the process of releasing the 1,938 Hanoi prisoners of the Vietnam War in accordance with the Paris Peace Accord. The first prisoners of war to be released since 1969 are three United States pilots. Northern Vietnamese officials caution the United States from forcing the released prisoners to slander Hanoi sighting that false information from previously released prisoners caused Hanoi to suspend the process temporarily.

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