Significant Events :: July
July 1965 – General Westmoreland, US Commander MACV, grants permission to the III Marine Amphibious Force to undertake full-scale combat operations.
July 1966 – Operation Macon, Operation Hastings, and Operation Deckhouse II are launched. They are search and destroy missions, with Deckhouse II being an amphibious landing. Over 28 days Marines, ARVN and Vietnamese Marines kill nearly 1,400 VC/NVA and force the NVA’s 324B Division back across the DMZ.
July 1967 – Premier Nguyen Van Key announces that the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (ARVN) will be increased to a total of 685,000 officers and enlisted. In addition, President Lyndon Johnson announces a “modest increase” in the number of combat troops to be sent to Vietnam.
July 1968 – General Creighton Abrams relieves General William Westmoreland as Commander, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV).
July 1969 – The US Marine Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, sails from Da Nang to Okinawa initiating Phase I of President Nixon’s 25,000 troop withdrawal plan.
July 1970 – A US Congressional fact-finding delegation expresses optimism about ending the war, but warns that the South Vietnamese economy will not be able to support the war effort on its on.
July 1971 – American troop strength in South Vietnam stands at 236,000, decreasing at a rate of about 14,000 men per month, down from a high of over 500,000 in 1967.
July 1972 – The Paris Peace Talks resume after a 10-week hiatus.
July 1973 – Less than 300 US military personnel remain in South Vietnam, per the Paris Peace Accords, but North Vietnam ignores the agreement sending an estimated 8,000 troops into South Vietnam during this month alone.
July 1974 – FY funding for South Vietnam drops to $700 million from $1.1 billion the previous year, and $2.3 billion the year before that.
July 1975 – The number of “Boat People” fleeing Vietnam this month indicates a mass exodus of refugees is underway from the former South Vietnam.
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