U.S. public opinion began to turn against the war after graphic TV news coverage of Marines attacking Da Nang, plus news that downed U.S. pilots were being paraded through the streets of Hanoi, N. Vietnam. Anti-war rallies gathered tens of thousands of protestors in cities across the country and around the world.
April 17, 1965- 15,000 anti-war protestors demonstrate in Washington D.C.
June 1965- Coup in S. Vietnam; the country's 10th government in 2 years
July 28, 1965- U.S. draft call-ups doubled to 35,000 per month
Aug. 3, 1965- Marine attacks on Da Nang shown on CBS; U.S. public shocked
Oct. 15-16, 1965- Anti-war protests in 40 U.S. cities and overseas capitals
November 14-16, 1965- Battle of Ia Drang Valley, 1st major fight in S. Vietnam
March 9, 1966- U.S. admits destroying 20,000 acres of crops to starve V.C.
1966- First B-52 strikes against N. Vietnam; planes carry up to 100 bombs each
July 6, 1966- Captured U.S. pilots paraded through streets of Hanoi