Vietnam War Battles Flashcards

Vietnam War Battles Flashcards
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Air mobility strategy during the la Drang Valley campaign
During this campaign, U.S. military forces used helicopters to transport soldiers in and out of combat zones, including the wounded, while also shooting enemy forces.
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Outcome of Operation Starlite
This mission temporarily removed roughly 600 NLF soldiers from the target zone. It also joined the U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese Popular Forces together as Combined Action Platoons.
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Objective of Operation Starlite
The goal of this mission was to seek and destroy National Liberation Front (NLF) forces in the l Corps Tactical Zone in Van Tuong.
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Outcome of Operation Rolling Thunder
The U.S. Air Force hit ground targets and helped ground troops, but the North Vietnamese were aware of off-limit zones along the trail, which is where they stored weapons and received supplies.
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Strategy for Operation Rolling Thunder
This bombing campaign targeted the Ho Chi Minh Trail. However, key points on the trail were off limits to avoid political confrontations with China and Russia.
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Controversy and outcome of the Gulf of Tonkin attacks
Severe thunderstorms caused uncertainty about the second attack on the U.S.S. Maddox. President Johnson launched Operation Pierce Arrow in retaliation, with the support of the American public.
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Credibility gap
The battle of Ap Bac illustrated the discrepancies between what the media was reporting from Vietnam and what politicians and military personnel were reporting in Washington, D.C.
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Aftermath of Operation Ranch Hand
The use of Agent Orange and other herbicides led to environmental changes in Vietnam, birth defects and diseases and chemical exposure to both Vietnamese and U.S. troops.
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Flashcard Content Overview

This comprehensive flashcard set covers some of the most notable attacks, operations and military strategies from the beginning of U.S. involvement in Vietnam to the fall of Saigon. Review your comprehension of the successes and failures of these operations as well as the political responses and controversies resulting from their outcomes. Also, examine terms such as 'credibility gap' and 'decent interval.'

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Aftermath of Operation Ranch Hand
The use of Agent Orange and other herbicides led to environmental changes in Vietnam, birth defects and diseases and chemical exposure to both Vietnamese and U.S. troops.
Credibility gap
The battle of Ap Bac illustrated the discrepancies between what the media was reporting from Vietnam and what politicians and military personnel were reporting in Washington, D.C.
Controversy and outcome of the Gulf of Tonkin attacks
Severe thunderstorms caused uncertainty about the second attack on the U.S.S. Maddox. President Johnson launched Operation Pierce Arrow in retaliation, with the support of the American public.
Strategy for Operation Rolling Thunder
This bombing campaign targeted the Ho Chi Minh Trail. However, key points on the trail were off limits to avoid political confrontations with China and Russia.
Outcome of Operation Rolling Thunder
The U.S. Air Force hit ground targets and helped ground troops, but the North Vietnamese were aware of off-limit zones along the trail, which is where they stored weapons and received supplies.
Objective of Operation Starlite
The goal of this mission was to seek and destroy National Liberation Front (NLF) forces in the l Corps Tactical Zone in Van Tuong.
Outcome of Operation Starlite
This mission temporarily removed roughly 600 NLF soldiers from the target zone. It also joined the U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese Popular Forces together as Combined Action Platoons.
Air mobility strategy during the la Drang Valley campaign
During this campaign, U.S. military forces used helicopters to transport soldiers in and out of combat zones, including the wounded, while also shooting enemy forces.
Successes and Failures of Operation Masher/White Wing
This operation eliminated thousands of North Vietnamese forces in the Bong Son Plain, but they later resurfaced in the area hindering American efforts to secure the Central Highlands.
Significance of Operation Junction City
This operation deployed the 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers, their only deployment during the Vietnam War, to secure the horseshoe perimeter vital to this operation.
U.S. victories from the Tet Offensive
The U.S. and South Vietnamese regained control of occupied cities, halting the NLF's offensive.
Reporting of the My Lai Massacre
This event did not gain public attention until several months after its occurrence, when reports from the media gave details about the event that contradicted the original military report.
U.S. response to the Easter Offensive of 1972
To support the South Vietnamese, Nixon launched Operation Linebacker I, which effectively devastated North Vietnam's resources thus halting their war efforts.
Operation Duck Hook
Nixon proposed this nuclear strike operation to incite North Vietnam into an agreement with the U.S. It was never enacted despite the North Vietnamese refusing to come to a peace agreement.
'Decent interval'
Political stance that America had provided the South Vietnamese with the necessary skills and support for survival, which they failed to use during the fall of Saigon.
North Vietnam victory from the Tet Offensive
The images the American public saw of this battle caused political upheaval.

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