Operation Starlite 

Operation Starlite 

In August 1965 Operation Starlite was the first major offensive action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War.

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F4 Phantom Jet Shot Down Over Vietnam

F4 Phantom Jet Shot Down Over Vietnam

  In July 1965 an F-4C Phantom escorting a bombing raid over North Vietnam was shot down by antiaircraft missiles for the first time in the war. Source: Forgotten Jets

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US Ground Troops Land in South Vietnam

US Ground Troops Land in South Vietnam

https://youtu.be/Cxuv28ZVAOM In March 1965 3,500 United States Marines landed at Da Nang Vietnam, adding combat troops to the 25,000 U.S. military advisers already in the country. Source: Wikipedia

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Operation Rolling Thunder

Operation Rolling Thunder

https://youtu.be/v1f6eQ92JtE Operation Rolling Thunder was a sustained aerial bombardment campaign conducted by the United States Air Force and Navy against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), China and North Korea from March 1965 until November 1968....

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Vietnamese Coup d’etat 

Vietnamese Coup d’etat 

 In January 1964 General Nguyễn Khánh led a bloodless military coup d'état, replacing Dương Văn Minh as Prime Minister of South Vietnam. Source: Wikipedia

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US Air Base Attacked by Viet Cong

US Air Base Attacked by Viet Cong

In November 1964 Bien Hoa Air Base, used by the Republic of Vietnam Air Force and United States Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine units, was attacked with mortars by Viet Cong. Four U.S. and two Vietnamese servicemen were killed. Thirty aircraft were destroyed....

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Political Upheaval in South Vietnam

Political Upheaval in South Vietnam

The November 1963 assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem in a military coup (with the tacit approval of the US) produced a period of political instability for the Saigon government. General Dương Văn Minh became president, but was removed in January 1964 by General...

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1963 South Vietnamese Coup

1963 South Vietnamese Coup

In November 1963, President Ngô Đình Diệm was deposed by a group of CIA-backed Army of the Republic of Vietnam officers

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Battle of Ap Bac 1963

Battle of Ap Bac 1963

Battle of Ap Bac 1963

A Viet Cong battalion inflicted heavy casualties on South Vietnamese government forces and escaped with minor losses.

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JFK Speaks On Vietnam 1962

JFK Speaks On Vietnam 1962

In 1962 the U.S. government maintained secrecy regarding the extent of U.S. military involvement in South Vietnam, As the Viet Cong insurgency expanded, U.S. military personnel flew combat missions and accompanied South Vietnamese soldiers in ground operations to find...

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US Military Advisors in Vietnam War 

US Military Advisors in Vietnam War 

In 1955 President Eisenhower sent economic aid and ~700 military personnel to the government of South Vietnam. This effort was foundering in 1960 when John F. Kennedy was elected president. In May 1961 Kennedy authorized sending an additional 500 Special Forces troops...

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Civil War in Laos

Civil War in Laos

In association with civil wars in Cambodia and  Vietnam, the Laotian Civil War was waged between the Communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao Government from May 1959 to December 1975. Both sides received heavy support in a proxy war...

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Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail

  In May 1959 the Peoples’ Army of Vietnam’s Military Transportation Group 559 was established in North Vietnam. The group ultimately created and maintained the Ho Chi Minh Trail to facilitate the infiltratiion of troops and supplies from North Vietnam in support...

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Ngo Dinh Diem Becomes President of Vietnam

Ngo Dinh Diem Becomes President of Vietnam

https://youtu.be/D8M6b6t_pwk In spring 1955 anti-French sentiment led Vietnamese nationalists to call for removal of Bảo Đại, who was head of Vietnam's provisional government. Ngo Dinh Diem then set up a referendum between himself and Bảo Đại for October 1955. In...

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Fall of French Indochina

Fall of French Indochina

https://youtu.be/ZMPNY9w8OmQ In May 1954 communist Viet Minh forces won a decisive victory over the French colonial army in the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ. The war ended shortly afterward with signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords in which France agreed to withdraw its...

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First Indochina War – 1947-1954

First Indochina War – 1947-1954

https://youtu.be/8kgcUFU5_eA After WWII, the decolonization of French Indochina left the region divided into four independent states: North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. In September 1945, a provisional government in Hanoi...

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Vietnam Uprising

Vietnam Uprising

https://youtu.be/pl-0uqJhi3o In October 1950, led by Võ Nguyên Giáp, Communist troops in the northern region of the French colony of Vietnam began a series of attacks on French colonial fortresses along the border with China. 10,000 French troops. isolated in...

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Bảo Đại

Bảo Đại

https://youtu.be/rfzHg9wEXV0 Bảo Đại, the last of the Nguyễn dynasty, was the Emperor of Annam (a protectorate within French Indochina) from 1926 to 1945. After the Japanese ousted the Vichy-French administration in March 1945 Bảo Đại was named ruler. He soon renamed...

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