Category Archives: Vietnam War

Westmoreland sees beginning of end to Vietnam conflict 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 21 1967)


Video: 'Our World Winter 1968 Part 1' (Nov. 21, 1967, at 2:16)

(Tuesday, November 21, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War, told the National Press Club today in Washington that he is “absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.” Continue reading Westmoreland sees beginning of end to Vietnam conflict 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 21 1967)

‘We are making progress’ says LBJ on Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 17 1967)


Video: '11/17/1967: LBJ on Vietnam War'

(Friday, November 17, 1967, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. EST; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Acting on optimistic reports by General William Westmoreland and U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam Ellsworth Bunker, President Lyndon Johnson said today at a press conference that his advisers had assured him that the war in Vietnam was going well, in response to a reporter’s question, and that it was a different kind of conflict. Continue reading ‘We are making progress’ says LBJ on Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 17 1967)

‘We’re making steady progress in Vietnam,’ says Ambassador Bunker 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1967)


Video: 'Our World Winter 1968 Part 1' (Nov. 15, 1967, at 2:08)

(Wednesday, November 15, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam Ellsworth Bunker, having returned to Washington on Nov. 10, 1967, to report to President Lyndon Johnson, said today that “we’re making steady progress in Vietnam” following a two-hour closed-door briefing of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. Continue reading ‘We’re making steady progress in Vietnam,’ says Ambassador Bunker 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1967)

Westmoreland ‘very, very encouraged’ by situation in Vietnam 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - Tet [6/11]' (Nov. 15, 1967, at 10:00)

(Wednesday, November 15, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War, told reporters today at Andrews Air Force Base that he is “very, very encouraged” by the military situation in Vietnam. Continue reading Westmoreland ‘very, very encouraged’ by situation in Vietnam 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1967)

LBJ convenes ‘Wise Men’ to discuss Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1967)


Video: 'American Experience LBJ 2' (Nov. 2, 1967, at 1:16:39)

(Thursday, November 2, 1967, 10:42 a.m.-2:20 p.m. EST; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson held a secret meeting today at the White House with “the Wise Men,” a group of “former officials whose advice he trusted” and asked them to suggest ways to unite the American people behind the Vietnam War. Continue reading LBJ convenes ‘Wise Men’ to discuss Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1967)

Jackie Kennedy arrives in Cambodia 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1967)


Video: 'November 2, 1967 - Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arriving at Pochentong Airport, Phnom Penh'

(Thursday, November 2, 1967); during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrived to a thunderous welcome today in neutral Cambodia (next door to South Vietnam) at Pochentong Airport in Phnom Penh, greeted by Prince Norodom Sihanouk. Continue reading Jackie Kennedy arrives in Cambodia 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 2 1967)

Thieu sworn-in as President of South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 31 1967)

(Tuesday, October 31, 1967, just after 9:00 a.m. ICT); during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnam’s chief of state during two years of military rule, took the oath of office today in Saigon as the first President of South Vietnam’s Second Republic (click here to watch a video report on today’s events). Continue reading Thieu sworn-in as President of South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 31 1967)

John McCain shot down over North Vietnam 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 26 1967)


Video: 'John McCain Combat Footage'

(Thursday, October 26, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. Navy pilot John McCain III, the son of Vice Admiral John S. McCain Jr., was shot down over North Vietnam today and taken prisoner. Continue reading John McCain shot down over North Vietnam 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 26 1967)

Thousands storm Pentagon to protest Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 21 1967)


Video: 'Anti-War Demonstrators Storm Pentagon (1967)'

(Saturday, October 21, 1967, 5:40 p.m. EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — 35,000 demonstrators stormed the Pentagon tonight after a calm afternoon rally (attended by 50,000) at West Potomac Park near the Lincoln Memorial and “March on the Pentagon” in nearby Arlington, Virginia. Continue reading Thousands storm Pentagon to protest Vietnam War 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 21 1967)

‘Stop the Draft Week’ begins in 30 American cities 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 10' (Oct. 21, 1967, at 12:01)

(Monday, October 16, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — “Stop the Draft Week” was launched today in front of the induction centers of 30 American cities, by thousands of people protesting against the Vietnam War. Continue reading ‘Stop the Draft Week’ begins in 30 American cities 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)