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Vietnam War (1959-1975)

The United States' longest conflict, Vietnam shaped a generation and tested the resolve of the nation. Here we examine the conflict from its origins to its final days.
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Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin Incident
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident occurred on August 2 and 4, 1964, and saw US naval forces engage North Vietnamese patrol boats. While the attack on August 2 happened as reported, the second attack may not have taken place. As a result of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, President Lyndon Johnson was given as free hand in Southeast Asia by Congress.

Vietnam War - Vietnam War Experiences
The Vietnam War helped define a generation. Here readers respond with their own experiences regarding the Vietnam War. This is a place for veterans to share their stories and connect with their comrades.

Images of the Vietnam War
The Vietnam War saw American and North Vietnamese forces clash for nearly a decade. This gallery includes a variety of images from the conflict in Vietnam from the troops on the ground to the war in the air.

First Indochina War: Battle of Dien Bien Phu
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu began March 13, 1954, and was the decisive engagement of the French war in Indochina. Building a base at Dien Bien Phu in the Vietnamese highlands, the French were soon besieged by Viet Minh forces. In a two-month battle, the Vietnamese forced the Dien Bien Phu garrison to surrender, effectively ending the war.

Vietnam War: Battle of Ia Drang
The Battle of Ia Drang was fought November 14-18, 1965, during the Vietnam War. The first major battle to involve American troops, Ia Drang saw air mobile US forces land in the Central Highlands. During the course of the fight, they endured heavy fighting before winning a tactical victory.

Vietnam War: Battle of Dak To
The Battle of Dak To began as attempt by the North Vietnamese to destroy a sizable US force in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This attack was disrupted by US forces and a three-week battle ensued with American troops fighting to dislodge the North Vietnamese from the hills and ridges around Dak To.

Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh
The Battle of Khe Sanh was fought during the first four months of 1968. Besieged during the Tet Offensive, the Marine base at Khe Sanh held out against heavy attacks by the North Vietnamese with the support of American air power. In April, Operation Pegasus was launched which ultimately relieved the garrison.

Vietnam War: Battle of Hamburger Hill
In May 1969, US forces moved into the A Shau Valley in South Vietnam opening the Battle of Hamburger Hill. Enduring close quarters jungle fighting and several friendly fire incidents, they were finally able to overcome the North Vietnamese resistance. Due to the severity of the fighting, Hill 937 became known as "Hamburger Hill."

Vietnam War: Raid on Son Tay
The Raid on Son Tay was an attempt by US Special Forces to liberate American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Flying from Thailand, the raiders successfully captured the POW camp at Son Tay, however all of the prisoners had been moved to a different camp a few months earlier. Though no one was liberated, the mission was deemed a "tactical success."

Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive
The Easter Offensive commenced on March 30, 1972, and saw North Vietnamese forces attack South Vietnam on three fronts. After achieving initial success, the offensive was turned back by South Vietnamese troops backed by the heavy application of American air power. Despite the North's defeat, the Easter Offensive captured approximately 10% of...

Vietnam War: Fall of Saigon
The Fall of Saigon took place on April 30, 1975, when North Vietnamese troops captured the city. The Fall of Saigon marked an end to the Vietnam War and saw the country reunited under Communist rule. During the Fall of Saigon, US aircraft conducted a massive airlift to remove personnel and friendly civilians.

Vietnam War 101
The Vietnam War occurred in present-day Vietnam, Southeast Asia. It represented a successful attempt on the part of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam, DRV) and the National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam (Viet Cong) to unite and impose a communist system over the entire nation. Opposing the DRV was the Republic of Vietnam...

Vietnam War: End of the Conflict
An overview of the final days of the Vietnam War.

Tactical & Material Innovations of the Vietnam War
An online version of the US Army's "Vietnam Studies: Tactical & Material Innovations." Includes lessons learned and histories of noted battles from the Vietnam War.

Vietnam War Overview
A comprehensive site detailing the campaigns, battles, and weapons of the Vietnam War.

The Antiwar Movement
An overview of the antiwar movement during the Vietnam conflict.

The Pentagon Papers
An online edition of the famed Pentagon Papers.

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