Ho Chi Minh
Communist leader of North Vietnam
Ngo Dinh Diem
anti-communist leader of South Vietnam
Nguyen Van Thieu
took over ruling South Vietnam in 1975
Vo Nguyen Giap
leader of North Vietnamese army
member of Vietnamese royal family. Vietnamese people considered him a puppet of the French.
general in the war. leader of US forces
took over Westmoreland's job in 1968
National Security Advisor to Pres. Nixon. held secret peace talks
the idea that if Vietnam fell to communist, all other countries nearby would follow.
came from talks between Vietnam and French. Divided Vietnam into Northern and Southern halves
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Congress permission for the president to have the authority to intervene in Vietnam.
War Powers Act
limited the power of the president to send troops overseas
American planes bombed North Vietnam
supposed to be a cease fire but North Vietnam attacked all over South Vietnam
My Lai Massacre
American soldiers massacred villagers. William Tally, the general in charge of the massacre, was later court-martialed and found guilty.
increase in number of troops in Vietnam
taking US troops out of Vietnam
(Army of Republic of Vietnam) South Vietnamese Army
North Vietnamese Army
organization Ho Chi Minh started. Dedicated to bringing a nationalist rebellion and send foreign powers away
a Communist-led army and guerrilla force in South Vietnam that fought its government and was supported by North Vietnam
Dien Bien Phu
city in Vietnam where North Vietnamese beat the South Vietnamese
American soldier who went down into Vietnamese tunnels
North Vietnamese torture center
Ho Chi Minh Trail
trail that North Vietnam sent supplies to the Viet Cong with
army special forces. One of the first american units in Vietnam
defoliant that US planes dropped in Vietnamese jungles
gel-like substance that burned everything it touched. Used in Agent Orange
protest against the war in Vietnam
protest against the invasion of Cambodia after promising Vietnamization. 4 students died
population who was quiet throughout the war
1973 Peace Agreement
ended war between US and Vietnam
Fall of Saigon
VC attacked Saigon and people fled to the embassy
Lowered voting age from 21 to 18 because soldiers complained
pages that show that we had made mistakes in our policy and action and lied about it
borders Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh trail passes through it. Pres. Nixon bombed this country to try to destroy the Ho Chi Minh trail and because of Khmer Rouge.
borders Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh trail passes through it
leader of the USSR from 1985-1991
took over leadership of USSR after Gorbachev; first non-communist leader of the USSE since 1917
relaxation(the 70's was a time of this between the US and USSR)
Russian word for reform
Russian word for openness
decided we should support the French because they weren't communist
continued supporting the French then decided to support South Vietnam. Came up with the Domino Theory
continued sending advisors to Vietnam.
was trying to help society. Created a great society with medicare. Did not run for office again in 1968.
republican who was secretly bombing Cambodia but denied it. Announced invasion of Cambodia after promising Vietnamization
was in presidency when Saigon fell
pardoned all draft dodgers because he felt that we should end the war by ending its problems.