Chronology: The War 1974

 

January

North Vietnamese bulldozers are expanding and improving roads that may ultimately cut South Vietnam in half. South Vietnamese bombers are flying up to 80 missions a day to knock out vehicles.

Land reform in South Vietnam is backsliding, as plantation owners are reclaiming lands that the government had given to small farmers.

A year after the peace agreements were signed, Vietnam is still a country at war.

President Thieu announces that war in South Vietnam has started again.

February

The New York Times' Saigon bureau chief takes a trip to "the other side" and reports on post-war life with the Vietcong.

A report by the National Academy of Sciences concludes that wartime use of chemical herbicides in Vietnam caused wounds to the ecology of South Vietnam that may take a century to heal.

United States aid to South Vietnam includes 2,800 civilians, many former soldiers, who have returned to help the South Vietnamese military.


May

The Senate rejects the Nixon Administration's request for an additional $266 million in military aid for South Vietnam.

The Defense Department acknowledges to Congress that it participated in extensive rain—making operations in Southeast Asia from 1967 to 1972 in an attempt to slow the movement of North Vietnamese troops and supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

August

The New York Times publishes a series on the judicial system in South Vietnam, revealing that it includes unlawful imprisonment and torture.

Oil is discovered off the coast of South Vietnam.


September

President Ford offers conditional amnesty to thousands of Vietnam era draft evaders and military deserters who agree to work for up to two years in public service jobs.

November

Anti-Government demonstrators clash violently with South Vietnamese police in the streets of Saigon.

December

The North Vietnamese begin attacks on Phuoc Long province, north of Saigon.

 

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