Laos, the US and the Viet­nam War

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - NEWS REVIEW - (Guardian ser­vice)

1964 The United States of­fi­cially en­ters the Viet­nam War, say­ing North Viet­namese pa­trol boats fired on two US de­stroy­ers. Congress au­tho­rises ac­tion. The US be­gins a nine-year bomb­ing cam­paign in Laos.

1965 Two hun­dred thou­sand Amer­i­can com­bat troops ar­rive in South Viet­nam. By 1967 the num­ber has risen to 500,000.

1968 The Tet Of­fen­sive, an as­sault on South Viet­namese cities by Vi­et­cong fight­ers and the North Viet­namese army, be­gins. More than 500 civil­ians die in the US mas­sacre at My Lai.

1969 North Viet­nam’s leader Ho Chi Minh dies. Pres­i­dent Nixon be­gins to re­duce US ground troops in Viet­nam as pub­lic op­po­si­tion to the war grows.

1973 A cease­fire is agreed in Paris. US troops pull out by March.

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