(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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Former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy makes an unofficial visit to Cambodia and Angkor Wat from 2-8 November 1967. During the visit, Prince Sihanouk reiterates Cambodia’s neutral stance via the Vietnam War.

The United States Air Force begins “Operation Arc Light,” a three-year B-52 bombing campaign intended to support ground combat operations in Vietnam, on 18 June 1965. Ignoring Cambodia’s neutrality, the U.S. illegally bombs the nation’s…

Sihanouk declares a neutral position for Cambodia vis-à-vis the Vietnam War and breaks off diplomatic relations with the United States on 3 May 1965.

The United States begins a covert carpet bombing campaign called Operation Menu (18 March 1969—26 May 1970). Although the missions were supposed to take place in South Vietnam, many of the planes crossed over into Cambodia. Such cluster bomb…

In March 1969, President Richard Nixon begins the policy of "Vietnamization," slowly withdrawing U.S. troops, while building up South Vietnamese troops and beginning to secretly bomb Communist supply lines in Cambodia and Laos.

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…

On 16 March 1968, approximately 450 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in Mỹ Lai village are killed by U.S. troops. The U.S. troops in Mỹ Lai were under the command of Lieutenant William Calley, who is later convicted of the mass murder in 1971…

On 31 January 1968, during national celebration of the Tết, Lunar New Year, North Việt Nam and the Việt Cộng launch a major offensive on all the main cities and towns of South Việt Nam. The Tết Offensive proves to be a military failure…

On 2 March 1965, the U.S. Air Force starts Operation Rolling Thunder, the wide-scale American bombardment of North Việt Nam. During the following three-and-a-half years, more than twice as many bombs are dropped over North Việt Nam than were…

On 2 August 1964, President Lyndon Johnson charges that the North Vietnamese has attacked American battleships in the Gulf of Tongkin. Five days later, on 7 August 1964, Congress passes the Gulf of Tongkin Resolution authorizing the president to take…
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