1957 in the Vietnam War

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1957 in the Vietnam War
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Location Indochina
 South Vietnam
 United States
Anti-government insurgents:
Vietnam Viet Minh cadres [A 1]


May 8 - 19

As part of his Ngo Dinh Diem presidential visit to the United States Diem arrived at noon on May 8 at the National Airport in Washington, D.C. aboard the plane of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower,[2] the Columbine III, a silver Constellation.[3] Diem's plane landed and he was personally received at the airport by Eisenhower, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Nathan Twining.[3]It was only the second time that Eisenhower had personally gone to the airport to greet a visitor as president.[2]


July 11

Anti-government guerrillas kill 17 people in a bar during the Châu Đốc massacre. The killing are part of a low level campaign targeting government officials, school teachers, village chief's families.[4] [5]


September 2-9

The Ngo Dinh Diem presidential visit to Australia from 2 to 9 September 1957 was an official visit by the first President of the Republic of Vietnam.[6]


Russian and Chinese ministers Nikita Khrushchev and Chou Enlai decide that South and North Vietnam should be regarded as separate countries and each have a seat at the United Nations.[7] This forces the North Vietnam government to strive for a military solution to unite North and South Vietnam.[7]

Year in numbers[edit]

Armed Force Strength KIA Reference Military costs - 1957 Military costs - 2014 Reference
 South Vietnam ARVN
 United States Forces


  1. ^ Thousands of Viet Minh cadres had stayed behind after the Vietnam was split into North and South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese government still held out that a referendum on unification as per the Geneva Accords would go ahead. As such they forbid the southern Viet Minh cadres from anything but low level insurgency actions instead issuing directives to focus on political agitation in preparation for the upcoming elections.[1]


  1. ^ Pentagon 1971, pp. 314–346
  2. ^ a b Jacobs 2006, p. 102
  3. ^ a b Jacobs 2006, p. 217
  4. ^ Joes 2001, p. 50
  5. ^ Langer 2005, p. 52
  6. ^ Ham 2007, p. 57
  7. ^ a b Donaldson 1996, p. 88