1969 in the Vietnam War

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1969 in the Vietnam War
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Helicopters in South-Vietnam 1969.jpg
Helicopters of the 170th and the 189th Helicopter Assault Companies, await the loading of troops at Polei Kleng, in the Central Highlands of the Republic of South Vietnam., 04/10/1969
Location Indochina

Anti-Communist forces:

 South Vietnam
 United States
 South Korea
 New Zealand
Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
Laos Kingdom of Laos
Taiwan Republic of China

Communist forces:

 North Vietnam
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam Viet Cong
Cambodia Khmer Rouge
Laos Pathet Lao
 People's Republic of China
 Soviet Union
 North Korea

South Vietnam 897,000
United States: 549,500
South Korea: 48,870
Thailand : 11,570
Australia: 7670
Philippines: 190

New Zealand: 550
Casualties and losses
US: 11,616 killed
South Vietnam: Killed
Congressman Alexander Pirnie (R-NY) drawing the first capsule for the Selective Service draft, Dec 1, 1969


January 31

Tet 1969 refers to the attacks mounted by principally North Vietnamese forces in February 1969 in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, one year after the original Tet Offensive.


18 March 1969 to 28 May 1970

Operation Menu was the codename of a covert United States Strategic Air Command (SAC) bombing campaign conducted in eastern Cambodia from 18 March 1969 until 26 May 1970, during the Vietnam War. The supposed targets of these attacks were sanctuaries and Base Areas of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and forces of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF or Viet Cong), which utilized them for resupply, training, and resting between campaigns across the border in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).


May 10

The Battle of Hamburger Hill was a battle of the Vietnam War which was fought between the United States and South Vietnam against North Vietnamese forces from May 10–20, 1969. Although the heavily fortified Hill 937 was of little strategic value, U.S. command ordered its capture by direct assault.

May 10

Operation Apache Snow was a military operation in the A Shau Valley from May 10 to June 7, 1969. The A Shau Valley was an important corridor for moving supplies into South Vietnam and used as staging area for attacks. Previous sweeps of the valley in Operation Delaware and Operation Dewey Canyon had not been able to keep the North Vietnamese Army from operating in the valley.[1]


June 6

The Battle of Binh Ba, also known as Operation Hammer, was a hard fought, but one-sided, battle. The action occurred on 6–8 June 1969 when Australian Army troops from the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) fought a combined communist force of North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong in the village of Binh Ba, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy Province.


August 21

Operation Camden was an Australian Army military operation in support of the 501 Land Clearing Company, United States Army Corps of Engineers who were undertaking land clearing operations in the Hat Dich Area.


September 2

With the outcome of the Vietnam War still in question, Hồ Chí Minh died on the morning of 2 September 1969, at his home in Hanoi at age 79 from heart failure.

Year in numbers[edit]

Armed Force Strength KIA Reference Military costs - 1968 Military costs in 2015 US$ Reference
 South Vietnam ARVN 897,000 [2]
 United States US Forces 549,500 11,616 [3]
 South Korea 48,870 [2][4]
 Thailand 11,570 [2]
 Australia 7670 [2]
 Philippines 190 [2]
 New Zealand 550 [2]
 North Vietnam


  1. ^ Stanton 2003, p. 13
  2. ^ a b c d e f Military strengths are provided via the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City as seen in Dec 2010.
  3. ^ United States 2010
  4. ^ Leepson & Hannaford 1999, p. 209

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