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USH-Vietnam Terms

TermDefinition
domino theory the fear that if one country falls to communism, then the rest of the surrounding countries will fall too
vietnamization war policy by the Richard Nixon Administration to end US involvement in Vietnam War
tonkin gulf resolution President Johnson can take any measures necessary to retaliate and promote peace in Southeast Asia
lyndon b. johnson President 1963-1969
ho chi minh Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
ho chi minh trail Network of roads built between the Democratic Republic (North Vietnam) and the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam)
generall william westmoreland Commanded US forces in Vietnam War in 1964-1968
robert mcnamara American business executive and 8th secretary of defense Played a major role in escalating US involvement in VW
saigon A.k.a. Ho Chi Minh City- South Vietnam Played pivotal role in VW
vietcong a network of communist agents and subversives, supplied and controlled by North Vietnam but active within South Vietnam
napalm Flammable liquid used in warfare Sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire
agent orange Herbicide and chemical defoliant used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War to eliminate forest cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, as well as crops that might be used to feed them.
dien bien phu
vietnam Southeast Asian country Below Thailand, Laos, & Cambodia
laos Southeast Asian country Next to Thailand & above Vietnam
cambodia Southeast Asian nation Next to the other ones
hanoi Capital of Vietnam
saigon Fell of north Vietnam forces on April 30, 1975 Effectively marked the end of the Vietnam war
my lai Vietnam war mass killing between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in south vietnam
tet offensive coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam
kent state Protest at kent state university that included setting fire to buildings and the governor of Ohio dispatch 900 national guardsmen to the campus
hanoi jane Jane Fonda stood on the gun thing in North Vietnam to make a statement and everyone hated her lol
woodstock Music and art fair that attracted an audience of over 400,000 people over the course of three days
counter culture/protest music of the 60s and 70s A way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm
khe sanh U.s. marines and their south vietnamese fought off an intense siege of the garrison. One of the longest and bloodiest battles in the Vietnam war.
operation rolling thunder Strategic bombing campaign where U.S. military aircrafts attacked targets throughout North Vietnam
guerilla warfare type of warfare in which small groups of people-untrained military personnel-use military tactics in order to fight a larger and less mobile traditional militaries
Created by: thefaithsmith