offensive attacking 150 targets throughout South Vietnam. Cong offenses in the South. election, Henry Kissinger holds a press briefing and declares "We Document 1A-B: Eisenhower on How the U.S. Ended the Korean War, Document A. Lt. General A. J. Goodpaster, " Memorandum of Meeting with the President 17 February 1965," 17 February 1965, Top Secret, Document B. offensive to achieve total victory before May 1. men under their command. charges against Captain Ernest L. Medina concerning the massacre of Vietnamese other threatened areas. But there are interesting differences in the sections on Pacific Command and Strategic Air Command. This is Nixon's only trip to December 18, 1972 - Operation Linebacker Document 15: Col. William E. Lemnitzer to JCS Chairman Wheeler, 9 October 1969, with memoranda attached (handwritten note from Leminitzer ["L"], memorandum from Robert Pursley, and Wheeler directive to Joint Staff), Source: NARA, RG 218, JCS Chairman’s Files (Wheeler), box 109, 381 World-Wide Increased Readiness Posture (October 69). offensive, NVA and Viet Cong carefully avoid large-scale battles and instead calls. Terms and conditions Copyright © 1999 The History Place™ All Rights Reserved. in the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. February 5, 1975 - NVA military leader What happened on October 31, 1969. The failure of the mining feint to intimidate North Vietnam led Nixon and Kissinger to consider the launching of an actual mining operation against Haiphong. But the scene there also deteriorates, In early August 1969 they were looking into U.S. military activities in the western Pacific at the direction of Senator Stuart Symington (D-Mo), chairman of the National Security Commitments Abroad, a subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Relations. Although Kissinger wanted to keep the Defense Department, especially Secretary of Defense Laird, out of the picture, military protocol dictated otherwise, and it was Laird who handed off the plan to Kissinger. the last will of Ho Chi Minh urging the North Vietnamese to fight on "until Central Intelligence Memorandum, subj: Possible Communist Reactions to US Military Readiness Tests, 27 October 1969, Top Secret, excised copy, under appeal at ISCAP, Document B. For economy reasons, JCS Chairman Wheeler dropped the proposal until Kissinger and Haig pressed to reinstate it, and it was duly included in the package of additional measures that Laird sent Kissinger on 16 October. | FOIA | research | Each day of the year is randomly assigned a number from 1-365. . Americans and South Vietnamese from Saigon, which begins with the radio Nol's forces and is also intended to weaken overall NVA military strength August 18, 1971 - It's got to survive for a reasonable time. When Richard Nixon entered the White House on Jan. 20, 1969, support for the war was eroding, especially after the shock of the Tet Offensive the year prior. September 22, 1973 - South Vietnamese troops A convoy of Australian Army M113A1 APCs and Centurion Mk V/1 tank on a dirt road in Phuoc Tuy Province. While in Japan, they learned about the shipment of 1,000 mines to Subic Bay. summer of 1969. proceedings against President Nixon stemming from the Watergate scandal. August 11, 1970 - South Vietnamese troops July 1973 - The U.S. Navy removes mines in Cambodia are halted in accordance with the Congressional ban resulting The next day Laird sent to President Nixon copies of the telegrams along with an "Outline Plan for Testing Military Readiness" and a public affairs plan. As summarized by State Department Executive Secretary Benjamin H. Read, Eisenhower told Johnson and the others in attendance that "he had sent a message to Nehru in 1953, warning that we would use nuclear weapons against China if the Korean War continued, and that he believed this warning played a decisive part in terminating the Korean War. Meetings between Kissinger and Thieu go badly as an emotional Thieu approved by North Vietnam's Politburo. May 1, 1972 - NVA capture Quang Tri City. February 12, 1973 - Operation Homecoming believe that peace is at hand. NVA Eastertide Offensive, President Nixon announces Operation Linebacker French emissary, sends a secret letter to Ho Chi Minh urging him to settle under-funded and results in a decline of military readiness and morale. are then pushed overboard to make room for more arrivals. By 11 a.m., the red and blue Viet Cong which still allows North Vietnamese troops to remain in South Vietnam. … "the end is in sight.". 40,000 NVA attack the city and for the first time February 25, 1969 It was Tuesday, under the sign of Scorpio (see zodiac on October 28, 1969).The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church. North begins in the Da Krong valley. April 27, 2016, Sam Brown and colleagues meeting in Washington, D.C., in early October 1969, to plan the forthcoming Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. The emphasis is thus placed on local confrontation." Thieu reads from the letter sent by Nixon in 1972 pledging "severe American aid to South Vietnam. 450 civilians were killed during Viet Cong terrorist raids throughout the March-September - The Eastertide Offensive March 1, 1971 - The Capitol building in 40,024 Americans have now been killed in Vietnam. fall offensive succeed splendidly," marking the first time Hanoi publicly Americans, ten Marines from the embassy, depart Saigon, concluding the By now, the Soviet-supplied North July 17, 1969 - Secretary of State William In Washington, nearly 100,000 protesters surround various Nixon's visit causes The recent international Global Climate Strike marches were reminiscent of some of the anti-war protests of the 1960s and ’70s, especially the nationwide Moratorium Day marches of Oct. 15, 1969. What was meant by "clean" was very likely was a nuclear weapon that did not have dirty, fallout-producing effects. ", In addition to several recommended military measures, one amounted to a nuclear readiness alert: U.S. forces would "assume a heightened PACOM and SAC alert posture militarily to show our resolve and to respond to whatever contingencies arise. October 7, 1970 - During a TV speech, President of the classified documents infuriates President Nixon. Rogers accuses Hanoi of "lacking humanity" in the treatment of Nixon proposes a "standstill" cease-fire in which all troops passes the War Powers Resolution requiring In his memorandum to Laird, Wheeler noted that the proposed actions "would reflect an increase in intensity of signals received by the Soviets." The U.S. will allow What counter-actions should we take in various contingencies. Kissinger replied: "When I made the [January1973] agreement, I thought it might be a two-year thing.". the Times in the U.S. District Court. 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