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1965 in the Vietnam War
←1964 1965 1966→
File:Plei Me Vietnam Special Forces camp
Special Forces camp at Plei Me in 1965
Location Indochina
Anti-Communist forces:

 South Vietnam
 United States
Template:Country data South Korea
 New Zealand
File:Flag of Laos (1952-1975).svg Kingdom of Laos
Republic of China

Communist forces:

 North Vietnam
Viet Cong
Pathet Lao
File:Flag of the People' People's Republic of China
 Soviet Union
Template:Country data North Korea

US: 180, 000 [1]
Casualties and losses
US: 1,863 killed
South Vietnam: killed
North Vietnam: casualties



February 6

The Viet Cong attack on Pleiku airbase (aka Camp Holloway Airfield) occurred on the night of February 6, 1965. The attack left eight Americans dead and 128 wounded, and it prompted the United States to launch Operation Flaming Dart against North Vietnam in retaliation.

February 16

The Vung Ro Bay Incident refers to the discovery of a 100-ton North Vietnamese naval trawler unloading munitions on a beach in South Vietnam's Vung Ro Bay on 16 February 1965. The incident spurred further U.S. Navy involvement in the Vietnam War.


March 16

The main body of the South Korean Army arrives to deploy in south Vietnam.[2]


April 4, 1965 - May 13, 1972

The Thanh Hoa Bridge, spanning the Song Ma river, is situated 3 miles (4.8 km) north east of Thanh Hóa, the capital of Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam. The Vietnamese gave it the nickname Ham Rong (Dragon's jaw). Between 1965 and 1972, during the Vietnam war, it was the objective of many unsuccessful attacks by US Air Force and US Navy aircraft. Eventually, in 1972, it was destroyed by A-7 Corsair bombers using laser-guided bombs and conventional bombs.


Australian Defence Force are first deployed to Bien Hoa, north-east of Saigon, South Vietnam.[3]

May 6

First American combat troops the, Third Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division, are sent to Vietnam to protect the Da Nang airport.[4]

May 10-May 15

The Battle of Song Be was a major action between the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (Viet Cong) and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) in May 1965.

May 28 - June 1

The Battle of Ba Gia or Bãi Xoan was a battle of the Vietnam War, that began after an ARVN battalion was ambushed by Viet Cong (VC) forces on May 28, 1965. The battle highlighted the vulnerability of the ARVN as a military force against the flexible VC.


June 10–11

The Battle of Đồng Xoài was waged by the National Liberation Front, otherwise known as the Viet Cong, during the Communist winter-spring offensive of 1965. It was the largest battle during that stage of the Vietnam War.


Communist China begins to send troops to help defend the northern reaches of North Vietnam.[5]

The USSR also starts to send men to Vietnam.[6]

July 21

Members of the New Zealand armed forces are deployed to South Vietnam.[7]


August 17 - August 24

Operation Starlite was the first offensive military action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major General Nguyen Chanh Thi, the commander of the South Vietnamese forces in northern I Corps area. Lieutenant General Lewis W. Walt devised a plan to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Viet Cong regiment to nullify the threat on the Chu Lai base.


October 19 - October 25

The Siege of Plei Me was a battle during the Vietnam War, which led up to the Battle of Ia Drang.


November 5 - November 8

Operation Hump was a search and destroy operation by the 173rd Airborne Brigade, in an area about 17.5 miles north of Bien Hoa. The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, deployed south of the Dong Nai River while the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, conducted a helicopter assault on an LZ northwest of the Dong Nai and Song Be Rivers.

November 8

The Battle of Gang Toi was fought on 8 November 1965 between Australian troops and the Viet Cong, during the Vietnam War. The battle was one of the first engagements between the two forces during the war and occurred when the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) struck a Viet Cong bunker system in the Gang Toi Hills, in northern Bien Hoa Province.

November 14–18

The Battle of Ia Drang was one of the first major battles between the United States Army and the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) referred to by US fighting units as the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) during the Vietnam War.


December 18

Operation Game Warden Task force 116, was an operation to deny Viet Cong access to the resources in the Mekong Delta which was conceived of in December 1965.

Year in numbers

Armed Force Strength KIA Reference Military costs - 1965 Military costs - 2010 Reference
 South Vietnam ARVN
 United States US Forces 180, 000 [1] 1,863 [8] US$ 20 billion US$ 137,904,760,000 [1]





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