Explore what was happening on the war front in South Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. Learn more about what kind of war was waged in South Vietnam’s four distinct combat zones. Use the interactive features to view historical photos, films, and stories.
U.S. troops built a massive infrastructure in South Vietnam to support the war effort. Contingents from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines, as well as indigenous peoples from South Vietnam’s Central Highlands, served alongside U.S. and South Vietnamese government forces. U.S. and Allied troops faced South Vietnamese guerrilla fighters—known to Americans as Viet Cong (VC)—and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers who often entered via Laos and Cambodia. China and the Soviet Union provided logistical support and weapons to the forces opposing the United States.
Mural art by Matt Huynh. View War Front Mural >>
Explore how the war in Vietnam affected the home front in the United States from 1966 to 1967. Use the interactive features to view historical photos, films, and stories.
During this period, the peace movement swelled, making common cause with civil rights activists and disaffected veterans. At home and in public, American argued about the purpose and morality of the war, the role of dissent, the meaning of patriotism, and the responsibilities of citizenship. Increasing numbers of servicemen and small numbers of female volunteers left for Vietnam, while surviving veterans returned home, having finished their year-long tours of duty.
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