March 31, 2020
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Ngo Dinh Diem emerges as the leader of South Vietnam.
North Vietnam forces begin to build a supply route through Laos and Cambodia called the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Ho Chi Minh is replaced by Le Duan due to health problems.
President John F. Kennedy sends helicopters and 400 Green Berets to South Vietnam
In Operation Ranch Hand, the U.S. starts spraying Agent Orange and other herbicides over areas of South Vietnam to reveal the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
At Ap Bac, South Vietnamese troops are defeated by a unit of Viet Cong fighters.
The attacks in the Gulf of Tonkin leed Congress to authorize the president to “take all necessary measures, including the use of armed force”
President Johnson orders the bombing of targets in North Vietnam.
U.S. troop numbers in Vietnam rise to 400,000.
U.S. troop numbers stationed in Vietnam increase to 500,000.
At Ap Bia Mountain, U.S. paratroopers attack entrenched North Vietnamese fighters
U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger begins secret peace negotiations
The New York Times publishes a series of articles detailing Defense Department documents about the war
President Nixon orders the launch of the most intense air offense of the war in Operation Linebacker
Selective Service announces the end to the draft and institutes an all-volunteer military
President Nixon resigns in the face of after the Watergate Scandal is revealed
President Ford removes any further U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.
A U.S. Marine garrison at Khe Sanh in South Vietnam is bombarded with massive artillery from North Vietnam for 77 days
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