Vietnam Timeline Created by Victoria Caldera


North and South Vietnam
  • North Vietnam: 1945-1976
  • Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV)
  • communist
  • South Vietnam: 1955 to 1975
  • First Republic of Vietnam (FRV)
  • more democratic
  • political organization in mainly North Vietnam
  • network of communist agents and subversives
  • performed terrorist acts
  • this is who the American soldiers believed they were fighting
Ho Chi Minh
  • founded the Indochinese Communist Party
  • leader for Chinese Independence
  • allied with US

Communist country in the 1950's in Asia

Mao Zedong
  • governed as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until death in 1976
  • responsible for 40 to 70 million deaths through starvation, prison labour and executions, which would rank his tenure as the top incidence of excess mortality in human history
United States of America

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Dwight Eisenhower
  • Served as president of the US from 1953 to 1961
  • 34th president
French Indochina
  • a grouping of French colonial territories in Southeast Asia
  • Japan had control over this region following WWII
  • Vietnam revolted in 1941
  • in 1945 the Vietnamese claimed independence
Guerilla Warfare

irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military.

Geneva Accords
  • agreement which brought an end to the First Indochina War
  • ceasefire was signed
  • France removed troops
Domino Theory

The theory that a political event in one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries, like a falling domino causing an entire row of upended dominoes to fall (generally refers to communism)

American Advisors

The U.S. military advisory effort in Vietnam had a modest beginning in September 1950, when the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), Vietnam, was established in Saigon.

  • flammable liquid used in warfare
  • sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire


ngo dinh diem
  • served as president with dictatorial powers
  • won a heavily rigged referendum and established the first Republic of Vietnam
  • was assassinated
Ho Chi MInh Trail

Logistical system that ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to the Republic of Vietnam through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia


Lyndon Johnson
  • 36th president of the US following Kennedy's assassination
  • served from 1963-1969
Agent Orange
  • herbicide and defoliant chemical
  • used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971


Gulf of Tonkin
  • USS Maddox incident
  • brought US more directly into war
Tet Offensive
  • launched by the Vietcong
  • fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam
  • turning point for the North Vietnamese
  • American troops slowly begin to withdrawal


Richard Nixon
  • 37th president of the US
  • only president to resign from office
  • it was either that or face impeachment


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