What Do You Know About the Vietnam War?

 The Vietnam war was a vicious war that left deep scars for both Vietnam and the USA. How much do you know about this war that raged almost 5 decades ago?
 
 
He was the first U.S. president to send military advisers to South Vietnam?
Eisenhower sent the advisers after Vietnam was split into two countries under a 1954 cease-fire agreement between communist and anti-communist fighters.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Harry S. Truman
Franklin D. Roosevelt
John F. Kennedy
 
 
Before World War II, Vietnam was a colony of...
Russia
France
England
Italy
 
 
This city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, in honor of the North Vietnamese leader, after the Vietnam War ended.
Saigon
Da Nang
Hanoi
Hai Phong
 
 
What did the USA use during the Vietnam War that lead to massive civil unrest at home?
On December 1, 1969 the US conducted two lotteries determine military service for men born between January 1, 1944 to December 31, 1950. These occurred during the drafts that lasted from 1947 to 1973, the first time a draft had occurred since WWII in 1942.
The Draft
Mandatory Training
Rations
Mandatory Community Service
 
 
Viet Cong forces were called what by Americans forces?
Viet Cong forces were called Charlie by American troops due to the shorthand "Victor Charlie" from the NATO phonetic alphabet for VC; the abbreviation for Viet Cong.
Chadwicks
Charlies
Chi-chis
Chongs
 
 
What was the famous incident that sparked the war?
The Gulf of Tonkin incident was when a Vietcong boat shot upon a US Navy Vessel. It happened August 2, 1964 and is also known as the USS Maddox incident.
Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Gulf of Oman Incident
Checkpoint Charlie
Mexican Telgram
 
 
When did the Vietnam War end?
In April of 1975, the capital of South Vietnam is seized by communist forces and the government of South Vietnam surrenders in what is known as The Fall of Saigon.
1978
1975
1970
1965
 
 
The Vietnam War was known as what to the Vietnamese people?
The American War
The War to Free Vietnam
The Yankee War
World War III
 
 
What other superpower was active in the Vietnam War, providing the Viet Cong armaments and equipment?
The USSR supplied the Viet Cong army throughout the war.
USSR
China
North Korea
Pakistan
 
 
In what year did the US begin ground operations in Vietnam?
Two years after Air Force troops were deployed when 3500 Marines were sent to provide security for US Air Force bases.
1958
1962
1965
1972
 
 
Name the two NATO nations that famously refused to send troops along with the US.
They did, however, offer humanitarian aid.
UK and Canada
UK and France
France and Belgium
Canada and France
 
 
What was the name of the chemical agent that US military forces used on Viet Cong forces?
Napalm was initially used in incendiary bombs and about 388,000 tons of napalm bombs were reportedly dropped in Vietnam between 1963 and 1973.
Napalm
Agent Orange
Incendiary Bombs
Agent Black
 
 
True or False: Almost 150,000 American troops were sent to Vietnam during the war.
U.S. ground forces peaked in 1969 with more than 543,000 American troops fighting alongside South Vietnamese forces.
True
False
 
 
How many people lost their lives during the Vietnam War, on both sides?
unfortunately, almost half of those were Vietnamese civilians
About 1 million
About 500,000
About 350,000
About 3 million
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