Viet Cong timeline

  • Battle of Ap Bac

    The Battle of Ap Bac was a small-scale battle early in the Vietnam War which resulted in the first major combat victory by the Viet Cong against... Read more

  • Hue Vesak Shootings

    The Hue Vesak shootings refer to the deaths of nine unarmed Buddhist civilians on May 8, 1963 in the city of Huế in South Vietnam, at the hands of... Read more

  • Operation Barrel Roll Begins

    On 12 December 1964, Barrel Roll was approved by Souvanna Phouma. The program originally consisted of only two U.S bombing sorties per week that... Read more

  • Vung Ro Bay Incident

    The Vung Ro Bay Incident refers to the discovery of a 100-ton North Vietnamese naval trawler unloading munitions on a beach in South Vietnam's Vung... Read more

  • Battle of Ba Gia

    The Battle of Ba Gia or Bãi Xoan was a battle of the Vietnam War, that began after an ARVN battalion was ambushed by Viet Cong (VC) forces on May... Read more

  • Operation Arc Light Begins

    Operation Arc Light was the 1965 deployment of B-52F Stratofortress as conventional bombers from bases in the US to Guam. By extension, Arc light,... Read more

  • Operation Starlight, First U.S.-Only Offensive Military Action of the Vietnam War

    Operation Starlite was the first offensive military action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. The operation was... Read more

  • Siege of Plei Me

    The Siege of Plei Me was a battle during the Vietnam War, which led up to the Battle of Ia Drang. Brigadier General Chu Huy Man of the People's... Read more

  • Battle of Ia Drang

    The Battle of Ia Drang was one of the first major battles between the United States Army and the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) during the Vietnam... Read more

  • Operation Crimp

    Operation Crimp—also known as the Battle of the Ho Bo Woods—was a joint US-Australian military operation during the Vietnam War in the Ho Bo Woods,... Read more

  • Launch of Operation Masher (Later Called Operation White Wing)

    Operation Masher was a combined U.S., ARVN, and ROKA operation that began on January 28, 1966. The name "Operation Masher" was changed to... Read more

  • Battle of A Shau

    The Battle of A Shau was waged in 1966 during the Vietnam War between the Viet Cong and the forces of the United States and South Vietnam. The... Read more

  • Battle of Xa Cam My

    The Battle of Xa Cam My was a battle of the Vietnam War fought over two days from April 11 to April 12, 1966. Originally planned as a U.S.... Read more

  • United States Navy Formalizes the 'Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone' Known as PIRAZ

    PIRAZ is a United States Navy acronym for Positive Identification RADAR Advisory Zone. The zone is defined by the air search RADAR coverage of a... Read more

  • Operation Hastings

    Operation Hastings was an American military operation in the Vietnam War. Having been threatened by numerous encounters with enemy troops in the... Read more

  • Battle of Long Tan

    The Battle of Long Tần was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong forces in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tần, about... Read more

  • Operation Attleboro Begins

    Operation Attleboro was a search and destroy operation by the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. The operation was named after Attleboro, Massachusetts,... Read more

  • Kit Carson Scout Program Goes into Operation

    The Kit Carson Scouts (Hoi Chanh Vien in Vietnamese), loosely translated as "members who have returned") belonged to a special program created by... Read more

  • CIA Initiates Controversial Phoenix Program

    The Phoenix Program (Vietnamese: Chiến dịch Phượng Hoàng, a word related to fenghuang, the Chinese phoenix) was a military, intelligence, and... Read more

  • Operation Cedar Falls

    Operation Cedar Falls was a military operation of the Vietnam War conducted primarily by US forces. The aim of this massive search and destroy... Read more

  • US Military Begins Operation Popeye, a Cloud Seeding Program

    Project Popeye was an experiment in increased rainfall through cloud seeding jointly approved by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department... Read more

  • United States Marine Corps Conducts Operation Union

    Operation Union was a military operation conducted by the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. It was a search and destroy mission in... Read more

  • The Hill Fights

    Things remained quiet in the Khe Sanh area through 1966. Even so, General Westmoreland insisted that it not only be occupied by the Marines, but... Read more

  • Operation Union II

    Operation Union II was a military operation that took place in the Vietnam War. It was a search and destroy mission in the Que Son Valley carried... Read more

  • Operation Buffalo

    Operation Buffalo was an operation during the Vietnam War that took place in the vicinity of Con Thien, Republic of Vietnam from 1 - 14 July, 1967.... Read more