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Post 40 years today - A Vietnam War Timeline

Just realised today that it was forty years (on March 8th) that the first two Marines battalions landed at Da Nang: BLT 3/9 came ashore at 0900 on Red Beach 2 and two hours later BLT 1/3 was flown it directly from Okinawa. This is generally recognized as the start of the "big unit" war. A few days earlier, Operation Rolling Thunder had begun (on March 2), this was the beginning of 8 years of massive US engagement in VN:


I was thinking of using this thread to report significant events that happened on the same day 40 years ago, what do you guys think?

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yeah boonie good idea .
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Great idea!
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Cracking idea - and...fitting that today should also be your first as Moderator of the Section!

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Sounds awesome good idea.
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Allright then, I'll try to report every significant military as well as political events that took place exactly 40 years ago, though the first few weeks were relatively unenventfull, as the two USMC battalions were restricted to a few square kilometers perimeter around the airbase.
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This is a great idea. Wonder if we'll still be here in eight years to see the cease fire?
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March 24, 1965

On this day, the first US Army ground unit arrives in RVN, the 716th Military Police Battalion, stationed at Saigon and Tan Son Nhut. This battalion became famous during Tet 68 were it found itself, quite unvoluntarily, in the front line of the battle for Saigon.


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This is a great idea. Wonder if we'll still be here in eight years to see the cease fire?
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March 30, 1965

The Vietcong detonates a bomb near the US embassy in Saigon, killing 19 vietnamese, 2 americans and 1 filipino and wounding 143, including the deputy embassador.

Here's a videoclip of it I found (Warning: explicit images)
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April 1, 1965

USAF Operation Steel Tiger starts in Laos (some sources say April 3) over the Panhandle and the DMZ. Goals of the operation are to locate and destroy enemy forces and materiel being moved southward at night into South Vietnam. However, because of the political situation regarding the neutrality of Laos, target approval has to come from Washington.

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April 6, 1965

The passive defense mission is shelved as President Johnson authorizes the Marines at Da Nang to move out and engage Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in combat.

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April 10, 1965

A third Marine Battalion, BLT 2/3, arrives at Da Nang on this day, joining BLTs 1/3 and 3/9.



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April 14, 1965

A fourth Marine Battalion Landing Team, BLT 3/4 arrives at Da Nang and is immediately helicoptered to Phu Bai south of Hue to establish a second marine enclave.


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