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History

Vietnam War

TermDefinition
Ho Chi Minh leader of North Vietnam
Vietninh communist group led by Ho Chi Minh
domino theory Eisenhower's exploration for stopping communism
Dien Bien Phu major French outpost captured by Vietnam
Geneva Accords peace agreement that split Vietnam in two
Ngo Dinh Diem leader of South Vietnam
Vietcong communist rebel group in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh trail network of paths running between North and South Vietnam
Tonkin Gulf Resolution resolution that allowed President Johnson to fight in Vietnam
Robert McNamara secretary of defense under Johnson
Dean Rusk secretary of state under Johnson
William Westmoreland commander of US troops in Vietnam
naplam gasoline-based explosive
agent orange chemical that destroyed jungle land
search-and-destroy mission tactic in which US troops destroyed Vietnamese villages
credibility gap situation in which the US public no longer believed in the Johnson administration
Vietnamization President Nixon's plan for ending America's involvement in the war
silent majority those mainstream Americans who supported Nixon's policies
Pentagon Papers government documents that showed the government had no plan for leaving Vietnam
Henry Kissinger Nixon adviser who helped negotiate an end to the war
Khmer Rouge communist group that took control of Cambodia
War Powers Act act that forbids the president from mobilizing troops without Congressional approval
Created by: kmcmenamin