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Timeline of the Vietnam War: 1969-1971

Draw-down of U.S. Forces and Secret Invasions


Even as the U.S. was drawing down its forces in Vietnam, President Nixon ordered secret invasions of Cambodia and Laos. At home, 250,000 anti-war protestors descended on Washington in the largest demonstration yet, and National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio. The U.S. death toll in the war passed 45,000.

Sept. 16, 1969- Pres. Nixon orders withdrawal of 35,000 U.S. troops

Nov. 15, 1969- Huge demonstration, 250,000 protestors march in Washington D.C.

Dec. 1, 1969- Draft lottery reinstated, first since World War II

Dec. 15, 1969- Nixon brings home 50,000 more U.S. troops from Vietnam

March 10-29, 1970- My Lai Courts-Martial; Lt. Calley convicted of murder

April 30, 1970- U.S. and S. Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia

May 6, 1970- 100+ U.S. colleges closed by riots 2 days after Kent State deaths

June 24, 1970- U.S. Senate repeals the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Feb. 1971- U.S. and S. Vietnamese troops invade Laos

April 29, 1971- U.S. deaths in Vietnam top 45,000

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