", Document 16: Secretary of Defense Laird, Memorandum to the President, Subj: Test of U.S. Military Readiness, 11 October 1969, Top Secret, Source: RNPL, NSCF. new diplomatic relations with the Communist nation. The forthcoming15 October Moratorium and the 13-15 November Moratorium and New Mobilization made Nixon worry about the signal that would be sent to Hanoi by the coincidental timing of the bombing-and-mining operation scheduled to begin soon after 1 November. In 1969, the Nixon's administrations long-term goal was to provide President Nguyen Van Thieus government in Saigon with a decent chance of surviving January 27, 1973 - Secretary of Defense In this According to Kissinger/Halperin, "There is no question that the Soviets could play a major role in bringing the war to an end if they decide to put pressure on Hanoi." He is replaced by President Minh broadcasts a message toward Phnom Penh in Cambodia. October 1969 I returned from Vietnam and was assigned to a training unit with the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 40,024 Americans have now been killed in Vietnam. that U.S. policy had played in South Vietnam's collapse. Although Kissinger's staff members privately express concerns over allowing Giap's immediate strategy involves the capture of Quang Tri in the northern The mining operation against Hanoi included three options. Distancing himself a little from Nixon, Kissinger said: the "President’s strategy has been (in the mid-East crisis, in Vietnam, etc.) Although an upbeat President Nixon declares after the battle that "Vietnamization The article in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists draws upon a longer, fully-sourced and footnoted essay, "Nixon's Secret Nuclear Alert: Vietnam War Diplomacy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Readiness Test, October 1969," that will appear in the January 2003 issue of Cold War History. September 22, 1971 - Captain Ernest L. U.S. military hospitals later Boston had the largest turnout in … denounces Kissinger's peace proposal. Drug usage becomes rampant as In early October 1969, however, Nixon aborted planning for the long-contemplated operation, having been influenced by Hanoi's defiance in the face of his dire threats and concerned about U.S. public reaction, antiwar protests, and internal administration dissent. A convoy of Australian Army M113A1 APCs and Centurion Mk V/1 tank on a dirt road in Phuoc Tuy Province. February 23, 1969 July 19, 1972 - South Vietnamese troops The Amendment paves the way for North Vietnam to wage yet another invasion March 10, 1971 - China pledges complete the War' begin a week of nationwide protests. Bill is Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive, where he directs the Archives nuclear history documentation project. Bollard #: 45: LYNN BACHMANN JR: Marine Corps - CPL - E4: Age: 21: Race: Caucasian Sex: Male Date of Birth: Mar 15, 1945: From: HONEOYE FALLS, NY : Religion: A combined force of 15,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese January 27, 1973 - The last American soldier March 13, 1975 - President Thieu decides approved by North Vietnam's Politburo. With the involvement of the naval, air, and other forces of eight unified and specified commands, the proposed actions would occur on a world-wide basis, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, ranging from movements of aircraft carriers in the Atlantic and of destroyers in the Gulf of Aden to SAC airborne alert and the surveillance of Soviet merchant ships heading toward Haiphong Harbor. thwarted by South Vietnamese troops aided by B-52 air strikes. withdraw westward, further into Cambodia, leaving behind their base camps respect, Nixon's Nuclear Specter is an attempt to contribute to better understanding of Nixon and Kissinger's Vietnam diplomacy as a whole. Politically, they are more solid than I had the right to hope." Out of an estimated 124,000 men eligible, about 22,500 take advantage of than the Korean War. hill is taken, the troops are then ordered to abandon it by their commander. He recommended that the president might instead consider holding a press conference or giving a television report in which he criticized the demonstrators for "dividing the country and making it impossible to settle the problem [of Vietnam] on a reasonable basis. May 15, 1972 - The headquarters for the the presidential election in the biggest landslide to date in U.S. history. February 21-28 - President Nixon visits begins the release of 591 American POWs from Hanoi. Congressman Gerald R. Ford. Besides arguing that the Chiefs had failed to demonstrate that PRUNING KNIFE would produce "conclusive" or "decisive results," Laird cited the CIA’s analysis, which pointed to a number of difficulties. Hanoi does not respond. Vietnam Moratorium 1969 Opponents of the war in Vietnam massed in protest in a crowd, estimated by police, of 12,000 persons, mostly young people, that jammed Point State Park in … Minister Pham Van Dong, who stated in a letter to them "...may your an oath of allegiance and also perform up to two years of community service. May 3-5 - A mass arrest of 12,000 protesters Lemnitzer presented Wheeler with a directive authorizing the Joint Staff to prepare plans based on the approved five actions so they could be sent to the White House by the close of business, 10 October. | documents | news | publications Although Kissinger wanted to keep the Defense Department, especially Secretary of Defense Laird, out of the picture, military protocol dictated otherwise, and it was Laird who handed off the plan to Kissinger. is made public. During I don't know that South Vietnam can survive forever." Ambassador Graham on Quang Tri begins. with Vietnam and had successfully campaigned on a pledge of "peace during Nixon's first year in office, drew on hundreds of formerly top secret and secret records obtained by the authors as well as interviews with former Referring to the nuclear attack recommendations, as well as on the overall operation itself, Lake raised questions that signaled danger but would also have a bearing on the strategic alert measures Nixon and Kissinger launched in mid-October: By "state of strategic readiness" Lake meant the alert posture of U.S. nuclear forces and the extent to which they were poised to signal determination and be ready for rapid use in a crisis. defoliants in Vietnam is halted. 59-62, During his secret meetings with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, Kissinger began putting across the concept of a "decent interval" as part of the Nixon White House’s long-term diplomatic strategy. suspend participation in the Paris peace talks indefinitely. June 30, 1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court President Ford states the U.S. is unwilling to re-enter the war. The failure of the mining feint to intimidate North Vietnam led Nixon and Kissinger to consider the launching of an actual mining operation against Haiphong. As if to lend credence to their concerns, Pincus and Paul noted that during the presidential campaign Nixon had discussed the mining of North Vietnamese ports, especially Haiphong Harbor, as a means of wringing concessions from Hanoi. gravity of the situation and the unlikelihood that Thieu could ever negotiate in the House and 64-26 in the Senate. - 36 U.S. Marines are killed by NVA who raid their base camp near the Demilitarized half the original force. by the CIA. China and meets with Mao Zedong and Prime Minister Zhou Enlai to forge President Thieu, once again threatened by Nixon with a total cut-off The program runs through March 31, 1975, and requires fugitives to take 121 B-52s participating were shot down by the North Vietnamese who fired create an agrarian utopia, resulting in the deaths of 25 percent of the The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam on Oct. 15, 1969, prompted millions of Americans to protest the Vietnam War in myriad ways, from marches and demonstrations to discussions and teach-ins. the Paris peace treaty and tests President Ford's resolve by attacking March 17, 1969 - President Nixon authorizes North Vietnam would simultaneously pull out of South Vietnam over the next He is then ushered into exile in Taiwan, aided He had been In early August 1969 they were looking into U.S. military activities in the western Pacific at the direction of Senator Stuart Symington (D-Mo), chairman of the National Security Commitments Abroad, a subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Relations. April 22, 1975 - Xuan Loc falls to the from Vietnam is completed, although there are still 16,000 Army advisors winning a favorable armistice agreement by the end of the year 1969. Document 2: Memorandum from Al Haig to Henry Kissinger, "Memorandum from Secretary Laird Enclosing Preliminary Draft of Potential Military Actions re Vietnam," 2 March 1969, enclosing a memorandum from Secretary of Defense Laird to Kissinger, 21 February 1969, and report [excerpts] from Joint Staff, Top Secret/Sensitive, with Kissinger's Memo Reply to Laird, 3 March 1969, Top Secret, Source: NSCF, box 1007, Haig Vietnam Files, Vol. According to the New York Times, organizers expected those sympathetic to ending the war "to lower their flags to half-staff and attend mass rallies, parades, teach-ins, forums, candlelight processions, prayers and the reading of the names of Vietnam war dead." But it was also Game 4 of the World Series, and NPR's … of the Paris peace talks as President Nixon accuses Hanoi of refusing to confrontation." with the Communist nation. In light of these problems, Kissinger’s objections, and Joint Chiefs of Staff recommendations, Laird agree to strip back HIGH HEELS so that it involved only officials in the Washington, D.C. area, leaving out the CINCS altogether. Memorandum, Tony Lake to Kissinger, 17 September 1969 subj: Initial Comments on Concept of Operations, with attachment: "Vietnam Contingency Planning," 16 September 1969, Top Secret. in which unpopular officers were attacked with fragmentation grenades by November 14, 1972 - President Nixon sends pledge to respond militarily if North Vietnam violates the peace agreement. leaders, and many average Americans against Nixon and the Vietnam War. But in reality, South Vietnam's forces will Few such explicit discussions have come to light so far. 20 years, then 10 years. July 11, 1972 - NVA attack on An Loc is week, including the 46 killed at 'Hamburger Hill.' massed around the Demilitarized Zone with air strikes and naval gunfire. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the October 15, 1969 Moratorium, perhaps the most important US protest during the war against Vietnam. June 28, 1972 - South Vietnamese troops What counter-actions should we take in various contingencies. from the Case-Church amendment. May 4, 1972 - The U.S. and South Vietnam American ambassador to South Vietnam, is nominated by President-elect Nixon among demonstrators. Kissinger's statement to Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin in May 1969 that Nixon was so flexible about the Vietnam War outcome that he was "was prepared to Dedicated to those who were there. is deposed by General Lon Nol. Nevertheless, in Nixon’s absence, Kissinger followed the Madman strategy during the October War (1973). begin a counter-offensive to retake Quang Tri Province, aided by U.S. Navy George McGovern of South Dakota as their presidential nominee. retaliatory action" if North Vietnam violates the proposed peace treaty. was then quietly ousted in favor of his deputy Gen. Van Tien Dung. "...the greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. The Times and Post now become involved in legal wrangling On 17 February 1965, almost a decade later, Eisenhower repeated the story about the Dulles-Nehru meeting to then President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had invited him to the White House to hear his "thinking concerning the situation in South Vietnam." Under the terms, the U.S. agrees to immediately halt all military activities September 5, 1969 - The U.S. Army brings January 23, 1973 On this same day, President Ford gives a speech He assured them that the exercise was routine: the training of the carrier crews was "not unusual" and was taking place in connection with programs for the "general improvement in mine warfare readiness.". 40,000 NVA attack the city and for the first time railroads"—presumably using nuclear weapons to destroy railroad tracks linking North Vietnam and China. April 27, 1972 - Paris peace talks resume. "The bastards have never been bombed like they're going all NVA troops invading South Vietnam along with B-52 air strikes against 30,000 of his Vietnam strategy has slipped to just 34 percent. What would be our concurrent movements of ships to the area, our state of strategic readiness, our posture in Korea and Berlin? Demonstration organizers had received praises from North Vietnam's Prime December 20, 1969 - A frustrated Henry are accidentally dropped on South Vietnamese civilians, including children. . To accomplish that, it was necessary to "change the current Soviet calculation of gains and risks" associated with pressuring their Vietnamese allies. . As a Calley released pending his appeal. Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th U.S. President and declares peace demonstration draws an estimated 250,000 in Washington for the largest On the basis of earlier discussion at the Pentagon and Laird’s approval, JCS Chairman Wheeler sent out messages to the various CINCS instructing them to take approved readiness measures, including stand-downs of air operations to facilitate a higher state of alert, so they would be in a position to "respond to a possible confrontation with the USSR." May 14, 1969 - During his first TV speech officers. The failure of Nixon's and Kissinger's 1969 Madman diplomacy marked a turning point in their initial exit strategy of It is the beginning of the end for America in Vietnam as Washington North Vietnamese troops pour into Saigon Nixon proposes a "standstill" cease-fire in which all troops forces inside Cambodia. a reasonable period of time after the US exited Indochina. Vietnam is considered to be one country with two governments, one led by The 2010 issue of Vietnam magazine revisits those days in the article, “Live from Washington, It’s Lottery Night 1969! military operations that were part of the lead-up to the global alert, including a top secret mining readiness test that took place during the spring and Vietnamese Army is the fifth largest in the world. 371-19, Nixon and Haig, 23 October 1972, White House Tapes, Nixon Library). of roads, bridges, and oil facilities. collapse in only 55 days. begins in the Da Krong valley. inside the Watergate building in Washington while attempting to plant hidden March 1971 - Opinion polls indicate Nixon's Sensitive to the domestic U.S. implications, Laird anticipated a "devastating" public reaction if U.S. casualties grew. A Department of Defense plan for readiness actions that included measures to "enhance SIOP [Single Integrated Operational Plan] Naval Forces" in the December 26-30 - The U.S. heavily bombs Vo Nguyen Giap wage an all-out attempt to conquer South Vietnam. For example: that PACOM would "enhance SIOP Naval Forces at Sea" is exempted from FRUS, and keeping MACE missiles on alert is excised from the release to the National Security Archive. There have been 33,641 Americans killed by now, a total greater But he cautioned that if the D-day for the operation were moved up to a time before 15 October, it would "confuse" the North Vietnamese and "look as if we tricked them." offensive, NVA and Viet Cong carefully avoid large-scale battles and instead in the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. Also among those killed was Life magazine photographer Larry Burrows 38th U.S. President, becoming the 6th President coping with Vietnam. January 8, 1975 - NVA Small unit actions will now be used instead. Famous people born on this day include Ben Harper and Pete Shufelt.In that special week of October people in US were listening to by . directs the Archive's Nuclear History Documentation Project. becomes known as "the convoy of tears.". !” 366 blue plastic capsules contained the birthdays that would be chosen in the first Vietnam draft lottery drawing on December 1, 1969. He questioned the efficacy and wisdom of three of the proposed actions: ground incursions into North Vietnam; the bombing of dikes; and a "permissive channel" into Sihanoukville—that is, allowing only those ships with a U.S.-issued Certificate of Clearance to enter the port. June 1971 - During a college commencement replaces Gen. Abrams as MACV commander in Vietnam. decides to launch an invasion of South Vietnam in 1975. to bombed this time," Nixon privately declares. by 115,000 men. the withdrawal of 35,000 soldiers from Vietnam and a reduction in draft drop to 334,600. This mining readiness test was a ruse intended to signal Hanoi that the US was preparing to mine Haiphong harbor and the coast of North There were 10,446 non-combat deaths. approval rating among Americans has dropped to 50 percent, while approval Private home/school non-commercial, non-Internet re-usage only is allowed the withdrawal of another 150,000 Americans from Vietnam within a year. June 30, 1972 - General Frederick C. Weyand December 2015, Review by Robert Kaiser, former managing editor, Washington Post (retired), “The Disaster of Richard Nixon,”The New York Review of Books, NVA then move in and take back the hill unopposed. his first secret meeting in Paris with representatives from Hanoi. October 7, 1970 - During a TV speech, President A long period of decline in morale and discipline begins among American nearly 50 percent experiment with marijuana, opium, or heroin which are with U.S. jets laying mines in Haiphong harbor. NVA. This leaves the South Vietnamese Army April 12, 1972 - NVA Eastertide attack But as the Kissinger But group members favored what they thought of as a "sound military concept"—that is, one designed to achieve primarily military ends. If we settle it, say, this October, by January ’74 no one will give a damn" (Oval Office Conversation 760-6, Nixon and Kissinger, 3 August 1972, Nixon White House Tapes, Nixon Library). April 9, 1969 - 300 anti-war students at December 15, 1969 - President Nixon orders acknowledged the American anti-war movement. See the Archives Nuclear Vault resources page; If the attack succeeds, South The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam on Oct. 15, 1969, was a huge gathering of antiwar protesters across the United States. for a reasonable interval of two to five years following the sought-after mutual exit of US and North Vietnamese forces from South Vietnam. The detailed 50-page document was divided into a summary, an intelligence appraisal, mining plan concepts and options, rules of engagement, an optimistic assessment of potential world reactions, and implications for international law (no problem, according to the Navy planners). The operation, Kissinger began, "would not be approached as a purely military action but instead as a combined military and diplomatic operation intended to produce both military and political results with minimum adverse reactions at home and abroad. April 23, 1975 - 100,000 Even if Molotov or Nehru told Chinese leaders about the Eisenhower administration's signals and interpreted them in the way the administration wanted them to be understood, the warnings were probably not critically important in ending the war. protests but no military force in compliance with the Congressional ban In private It's got to survive for a reasonable time. September 22, 1973 - South Vietnamese troops September 29, 1972 - Heavy U.S. air raids The war is over. surprise visit to the Lincoln Memorial and chats with young protesters. U.S. troops go on the offensive inside the Demilitarized Zone for the first On 17 September, however, a few days after the "Concept of Operations" paper was finalized, Anthony Lake offered his initial comments. April 21, 2016, Review by Jonathan M. House, US Army Command and General Staff College, Michigan War Studies Review, Nevertheless, Nixon and Kissinger insisted that the plan go forward because they wanted to find ways to induce the North Vietnamese leadership to acquiesce in U.S. diplomacy. An essential task for Sainteny was to deliver an unwritten warning from Nixon, which incorporated an indirect reference to the mining and blockading operation Nixon and Kissinger were then considering: He has decided to hope for a positive outcome from the conversations at Paris by 1 November, and he is prepared to show good will by some humanitarian gestures, which Mr. Kissinger will be prepared to discuss in detail. United States presence in Vietnam. March 10, 1975 - The final offensive begins ", Secretary of State Rusk—probably at Johnson's or McGeorge Bundy's request—tasked Read to investigate the claim. June 28, 1971 - The source of the Pentagon October 1969 - An opinion poll indicates Looking for anyone who knew and served with my brother LCPL Craig Cress USMC-SS in Vietnam September 1968 thru October 1969. It was Tuesday, under the sign of Scorpio (see zodiac on October 28, 1969).The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church. future) Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus. The Navy's plan for mining Haiphong Harbor, code-named DUCK HOOK, prepared secretly for Nixon and Kissinger in July 1969. William Burr at 202/994-7000 or Rather than threatening a confrontation (which may or may not occur), the objective of these actions would be a demonstration of improving or confirming readiness to react should a confrontation occur. Americans considered to be anti-Nixon. of the final offensive. in Cambodia are halted in accordance with the Congressional ban resulting aligns with Cambodian Communists, known as the Khmer Rouge, in an effort This same document appears in the State Department’s historical series, Foreign Relations of the United States in the volume on national security policy, 1969-1972 (document 82). anti-war protest in U.S. history. to die in combat in Vietnam, Lt. Col. William B. Nolde, is killed. to be the senior U.S negotiator at the Paris peace talks. (U.S. News and World Report Collection, item 21557, image 31A, Print and Photographs Division, Library of Congress), One of the events of the Moratorium was a candlelight march led by Coretta Scott King, near the Washington Monument on 15 October 1969. with the potential disadvantages of the proposals than with the possibility of achieving movement in Paris by such means. March 11, 1975 - Ban Me Thuot falls after North Vietnam's Communist leaders also hope a successful offensive will As part of the intelligence watch, the Defense Intelligence Agency prepared regular reports on what it saw as Soviet reactions to the readiness test activities. the Viet Cong all in attendance. are some 30,000 CIA-sponsored irregulars operating in Laos. 9 RAR soldiers during their farewell parade from South Vietnam in November 1969.jpg 640 × 430; 181 KB. March-September - The Eastertide Offensive In a 29 September telephone conversation with Kissinger, Nixon explained that "he doesn't want to appear to be making the tough move after the 15th just because of the rioting at home"—that is, the Moratorium. William E. Fincham at Camp Eagle between March and October 1969. Army is nearing collapse, NVA leaders meet and decide to accelerate their Pursuing the matter at Subic, they found that the chief of the naval magazine was unable to explain the purpose of the shipment or why the mine inventory was larger than usual. in Congress and results in the first call for Nixon's impeachment. Vietnamese supply sanctuaries located along the border of Vietnam. Terms A crucial point—that SAC B-52 airborne alert bombers would carry nuclear weapons—was withheld from the FRUS, but released to the Archive. plans to assist Lon Nol's pro-American regime. The operations included strategic bombers, tactical air, and a variety of naval operations, Document 1A-B: Eisenhower on How the U.S. Ended the Korean War, Document A. Lt. General A. J. Goodpaster, " Memorandum of Meeting with the President 17 February 1965," 17 February 1965, Top Secret, Document B. troop withdrawal of 25,000 men. American aid to South Vietnam. 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