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9 June 1969 - 31 October 1969
27 Jun 69
Life magazine displays portrait photos of all 242 Americans killed in Vietnam during the previous week, including the 46 killed at 'Hamburger Hill.' The photos have a stunning impact on Americans nationwide as they view the once smiling young faces of the dead.
Jul 69
President Nixon, through a French emissary, sends a secret letter to Ho Chi Minh urging him to settle the war, while at the same time threatening to resume bombing if peace talks remain stalled as of November 1. In August, Hanoi responds by repeating earlier demands for Viet Cong participation in a coalition government in South Vietnam.
8 Jul 69
The very first U.S. troop withdrawal occurs as 800 men from the 9th Infantry Division are sent home. The phased troop withdrawal will occur in 14 stages from July 1969 through November 1972.
10 Jul 69
1st Combat Troops Arrive Home
10 Jul 69
Damascus Disputes Claim - 7 Syria Jets Downed in Dogfight, Israel Says
10 Jul 69
Bombing Halt Has Let North Repair Supply Net: McConnell
17 Jul 69
Secretary of State William Rogers accuses Hanoi of "lacking humanity" in the treatment of American POWs.
25 Jul 69
The "Nixon Doctrine" is made public. It advocates U.S. military and economic assistance to nations around the world struggling against Communism, but no more Vietnam-style ground wars involving American troops. The emphasis is thus placed on local military self-sufficiency, back by U.S. air power and technical assistance to assure security.
30 Jul 69
President Nixon visits U.S. troops and President Thieu in Vietnam. This is Nixon's only trip to Vietnam during his presidency.
1 Aug 69
It's Up to Reds' - Nixon Visits G.I.íS in Viet    
1 Aug 69
Mars Photos Show Some New Features    
1 Aug 69
Soviet Author Skips to London    
4 Aug 69
Henry Kissinger conducts his first secret meeting in Paris with representatives from Hanoi.
12 Aug 69
Viet Cong begin a new offensive attacking 150 targets throughout South Vietnam.
14 Aug 69
Reds Attack 16 Camps - Heavy Battles Flare Throughout S. Viet
14 Aug 69
D.O.D. Probes NCO Clubs    
2 Sep 69
Ho Chi Minh dies of a heart attack at age 79. He is succeeded by Le Duan, who publicly reads the last will of Ho Chi Minh urging the North Vietnamese to fight on "until the last Yankee has gone."
5 Sep 69
The U.S. Army brings murder charges against Lt. William Calley concerning the massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai in March of 1968.
5 Sep 69
Ho Chi Minh Dies - Heart Stroke Fatal to N. Viet Ruler
5 Sep 69
Nixon to Start Draft Lottery    
5 Sep 69
Who Will Follow Ho at The Helm    
16 Sep 69
President Nixon orders the withdrawal of 35,000 soldiers from Vietnam and a reduction in draft calls.
1 Oct 69
8 Berets Freed; Charges Dropped - Army Acts As CIA Shuns Trial
1 Oct 69
While Russia Keeps Building - Many U.S. Warships Obsolete: Expert
Oct 69
An opinion poll indicates 71 percent of Americans approve of President Nixon's Vietnam policy.
15 Oct 69
The 'Moratorium' peace demonstration is held in Washington and several U.S. cities. Demonstration organizers received praises from North Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Van Dong.
25 Oct 69
4 N.C.O.'S Take 5th; Wooldridge Relieved    
     
 
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