(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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The Kampuchean People’s Revolutionary Party (KPRP)–a pro-Vietnamese party–wins parliamentary elections in the People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK) on 1 May 1981. The international community, guided by the United States’s postwar…

On 10 April 1997, Douglas ("Pete") Peterson, a former prisoner of war during the Việt Nam War, is confirmed by the Senate as the first U.S. Ambassador to Việt Nam since the War. Viet Nam, in turn, names Lê Văn Bàng as its Ambassador to the…

The Mỹ Lai Massacre incident was reported to the U.S. public on 12 November 1969, nearly 15 months after it initially took place.. Along with many other significant events in Việt Nam and in the United States, news of the massacre escalates…

As war between France and Vietnam escalates, the Viet Minh’s People’s Army of Vietnam invades the northeastern part of the French Protectorate of Laos on 12 April 1953. This provides the opportunity for the Pathet Lao to establish a "resistance…

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, "The Wall," designed by Chinese American architecture student Maya Lin, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. on 13 November 1982.

Resettlement countries become increasingly impatient with the continuing outflow of Vietnamese refugees, and other Southeast Asian countries threaten to push back new arrivals. The first forced repatriation of Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asian…

On 14 January 1985, Hun Sen becomes Cambodia’s prime minister, but the Khmer Rouge continue to embark on a guerrilla warfare campaign in-country, prompting even more Cambodians to flee the country.

The 4th National Congress of the Communist Party in Việt Nam meets 14-20 December 1976, and creates a Five Year Plan (1976-80) which calls for rapid socialization in the southern economy, with mass relocation of people and forced collectivization…

While under house arrest by Ta Mok, a senior Khmer Rouge military chief, Pol Pot dies of a heart attack on 15 April 1998, just as plans were being made to capture him and bring him to trial

In Westminster, CA, on 15 January 1999 (just before the Tết holidays) Little Saigon video store owner Trường Văn Trần sparks rallies drawing as many as 15,000 against his displaying of the flag of Communist Việt Nam and a picture of the…
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