The Vietnam War was one of the most violent conflicts the United States ever participated in. It took place in three countries - Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - and lasted twenty years of difficult jungle fighting, resulting in the American withdrawal in 1975. While neither side claimed defeat, it is hard to gauge a victory with the loss of over 58,000 American soldiers. Do you consider yourself a Vietnam buff? Do you know the battles, the leaders and their soldiers? Can you navigate the Mekong Delta or fight your way in and out of foxholes?
The twenty-year war had countless battles and skirmishes, but can you identify the event that started the war? Or if that event actually happened? We call the war "The Vietnam War," but what did the Vietnamese call it? You might be surprised. You might be familiar with the fact that Vietnam was one of the first conflicts that saw the regular use of SEAL teams one and two, but do you know what their kill ratio was?
These are only a few of the questions you'll come across in this quiz. Do you think you're up for the challenge, soldier? Most people aren't, but you aren't most people, are you?
Vietcong, and later the Vietnamese government still refer to this war as The American War.
Vietcong forces were called Charlie by American troops.
The Gulf of Tonkin incident was when a Vietcong boat shot upon a US Navy Vessel
The draft was initiated by the US government.
The vast majority of draft dodgers found their new home in the Great White North, otherwise known as Canada.
The USSR supplied the Vietcong army throughout the war.
Ho Chi Minh was a true leader, with compassion fro his troops and the drive to take on and defeat the largest military in the world.
In 2005, it was released that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was made up, and was a direct lie to the American people to allow for the government to enter into war in Vietnam.
The Vietnam War was an extension of the Cold War into the Asian Pacific theater.
Slinkys were used to increase radio efficiency in the field
Over 125,000 Americans fled the country to escape the draft
The French were active in the region until the mid 1950's where things started to turn hostile towards them.
200:1 the highest ration of any war for active Seal teams.
Ali famously refused to be drafted into service, and spent time in jail due to it.
Napalm was utilized on the battlefield causing mass damage across the population.
Media were allowed on the front lines to broadcast the horrors of war and bring them to living rooms across the country every night.
Duct Tape was used to quickly fix rotor blades in the field and get a chopper up and running.
There was no declaration of war on the Vietnam government, and thus was referred to the Vietnam Conflict by the government.
Stretching 1000 km, this trail supplied forces throughout the war.
240 days, the most days of combat for any modern conflict the US has experienced.
Northern soldiers began attacks on Southern forces as of 1954.
1975 saw the end of the war, with the fall of Saigon.
Signed in 1954, the Geneva Accords saw the North and South of Vietnam be divided into the Democratic South, and Communist North.
The Tet Offensive saw 36 cities attacked, and public opinion sway against the US on the home front.
Cambodia was invaded to destroy supply centers, further driving the American public against Johnston.
In 1970, Kent State saw violence erupt during a peaceful protest with shots fires by member of the National Guard
3500 Marines were sent to provide security for US Air Force bases in 1965.
Westmoreland oversaw the conflict, and did not fair well at home or via the media
Canada and the UK did not send troops, but did offer humanitarian aid.
My Lai saw US forces murder approximately 500 unarmed civilians in 1968.
The Nixon Doctrine saw a troop reduction start in the summer of 1969.
The Green Barets was a pro war film that starred John Wayne
This infamous song became the unofficial anti-war anthem as the war dragged on.
USS Midway made room for a cesna to land at the end of the war.
With a loss at Saigon, US forces officially pulled out of the Vietnam Conflict for good.