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- 173rd Airborne Brigade : An Airborne Infantry Brigade Combat Team, independent of the 82nd Airborne Division, primarily assigned to United States European Command but also having been assigned to United States Central Command for assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan; one of the first U.S. Army combat units used in Joint warfare in South Vietnam 1964-1968
- Adoption : In childcare, a legal act in which existing parental rights are terminated and are instead granted to adoptive parents.
- An Loc : A village 65 miles north of Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, which saw considerable combat during the Vietnam War, and, after American ground troops withdrew, was the place where the last U.S. adviser was killed in Vietnam
- Army of the Republic of Viet Nam : A term describing both the ground force specifically, and the armed forces generally, of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and Fall of South Vietnam
- Auguste Escoffier : (1846 - 1935) French chef who established the standards for what is now considered classic French cuisine.
- Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province : A province of Vietnam, adjoining Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City.
- Ban Me Thuot : A town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, the junction of a number of key highways; During the Vietnam War, it was a MACV-SOG covert action base; the first major town captured in the 1975 North Vietnamese invasion, triggering large-scale refugee flight
- Battle of Khe Sanh : While there had been fighting at Khe Sanh as early as 1964, with U.S. forces arriving in 1966, the main Battle of Khe Sanh ran from January to April 1968, capturing attention before the start of the Tet offensive at the end of January
- Binh Dinh Province : A coastal province of central Vietnam
- Binh Duong Province : A Vietnamese province near Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, in which there was much fighting during the Vietnam War
- Buddhist crisis of 1966 : A major internal power struggle between Buddhist politicians and the South Vietnamese military in 1966, with some pressure to end the war on neutralist terms
- Can Tho Province : The province at the meeting of the rivers of Vietnam's Mekong Delta, containing the traditional regional capital of Can Tho City
- Cholon : Part of the Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City area traditionally populated by Vietnamese of Chinese ethnicity
- Cochin China : In French Indochina, the southernmost part of Vietnam, including the Mekong Delta; roughly corresponded to IV Corps tactical zone of the Republic of Vietnam
- Dan Xa Dang : A short-lived, nationalist, non-Communist political party of the Cochin China region of French Indochina in the late 1940s
- Doi moi : Market-oriented economic reforms, in the officially Communist Socialist Republic of Vietnam, introduced in 1986.
- Dong Nai Province : A province of Vietnam, in the Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon greater metropolitan area
- Fall of South Vietnam : The result of a series of conventional military actions by the People's Army of Viet Nam, under the direction of the Politburo of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, which led to the dissolution of the Republic of Vietnam and the reunification of North and South Vietnam into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
- General Offensive-General Uprising : A series of strategic concepts, still not fully understood in the West, from the Politburo of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, differing from Chinese and Soviet doctrine, and focused on creating the conditions for victory in first 1965, and then 1968. The eventual execution did not succeed, and caused a change in strategic direction, as well as shifts in power in the Party, after the Tet Offensive.
- Gia Lai Province : Province of the Central Highlands of Vietnam, whose capital is Pleiku.
- Graham Martin : Last U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, leaving in the last helicopter lift from Saigon in 1975
- Haiphong : Vietnam's third largest city and second largest port, and largest transportation area for northern Vietnam; key military supply import point during the Vietnam War
- Hanoi : Located on the Red River in northern Vietnam (i.e., Tonkin), it is the national capital, about 65 miles west of Haiphong, on the South China Sea
- Ho Chi Minh : Vietnamese communist and nationalist leader and revolutionary (1890–1969); president of North Vietnam 1946–1969.
- Hue : Third largest city of Vietnam, which was the capital of the classic Empire of Annam and is considered the cultural center of the country.
- III Corps tactical zone : In the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam, the geographic command responsible for Saigon, the national capital, and its surrounding provinces. While relatively small in land mass, it had a large part of the population and the bulk of economy and industry.
- IV Corps tactical zone : The southernmost regional command of the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam, including the Mekong River Delta.
- Indochinese revolution : The period, within the Wars of Vietnam, 1858-1987, between which France reasserted its colonial authority over Indochina in 1945, created a proto-state of Vietnam under a provisional government during which there was increasing insurgency, fought conventionally combat with the Viet Minh starting in 1950, and ended in 1954. The end, militarily, involved the defeat of French forces at Dien Bien Phu and. politically, with the creation of North Vietnam and South Vietnam by the Geneva accords
- Joint warfare in South Vietnam 1964-1968 : The period of the Vietnam War in which large numbers of foreign ground troops, primarily but not exclusively U.S., allied with the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam against the People's Army of Viet Nam and the Viet Cong
- Khanh Hoa Province : On the coast of Vietnam, a province that contained major combat and support bases during the Vietnam War, and forms a key transportation corridor for economic development
- Lam Dong Province : Mountainous forested Province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, having capital city Dalat.
- Laos, History : Add brief definition or description
- Loc Ninh : A Special Forces camp during the Vietnam War, close to the border with Cambodia and 65 miles north of Saigon
- Long An Province : A province in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, southwest of Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, bordering Cambodia
- National Highway 1 (Vietnam) : Stretching from the Chinese border into the Mekong Delta, this is the main north-south road of Vietnam.
- National Highway 13 (Vietnam) : A highway of Vietnam, running from Ho Chi Minh City, through the Central Highlands, into Cambodia
- National Highway 3 (Vietnam) : International road leading from Hanoi through Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan Provinces to Cao Bang Province and its border gate into China.
- Neil Sheehan : A Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist most known for his work on the Vietnam War, considered one of the key sources of truth by some and as a biased opponent by others. He received the Pentagon Papers and oversaw the publication of these classified historical documents in the New York Times. He is also known for his complex biography and war history of John Paul Vann, A Bright and Shining Lie.
- Nguyen Ngoc Tho : Under Ngo Dinh Diem and for a time after his overthrow, Vice-President of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). Of the Buddhist majority rather than Diem's Catholic minority, while he did not command major personal forces, he had important roles in brokering arrangements with the politically powerful Buddhists, including after the Vietnam War, Buddhist crisis and military coup of 1963.
- Nguyen Van Linh : Market-oriented Communist economist; head of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1986.
- Operation CEDAR FALLS : 19-day Vietnam War "search and destroy" mission in January 1967 in the "Iron Triangle" area northwest of Saigon.
- Operation EAGLE PULL : The air evacuation, shortly before the fall of South Vietnam, of U.S. and friendly personnel from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on April 12, 1975, by U.S. Marines, taking them to a naval task force in the Gulf of Siam
- Operation FREQUENT WIND : The U.S. evacuations of people near Saigon, as Vietnam was overrun by the People's Army of Viet Nam.
- Operation JUNCTION CITY : A large "search and destroy" beginning in late 1967 and lasting for 72 days, following Operation CEDAR FALLS north of Saigon, with a 35,000 soldier force of South Vietnamese and United States troops
- Phu Yen Province : Add brief definition or description
- Phuoc Binh : A town near Ho Chi Minh City, surrounded during the 1972 Easter Offensive and captured in January 1975.
- Pleiku : The capital of Gia Lai Province of Vietnam; headquarters of the II Corps tactical zone during the Vietnam War
- Provinces of Vietnam : Add brief definition or description
- Tay Ninh Province : A province in the southwestern part of Vietnam, near Cambodia, where the first large "search and destroy" operations of the Vietnam War took place
- Tet Offensive : A Communist offensive in the Vietnam War, possibly part of a larger strategy, in early 1968. The attackers suffered massive casualties and held no ground, but they achieved the turning of U.S. political opinion against continuing large-scale involvement in the war.
- Tu Duc : Last independent Vietnamese emperor before it became a French protectorate.
- U.S. Department of State : Agency of the executive branch of the U.S. government responsible for foreign policy and the conduct of American diplomacy.
- USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7) : The first of the WWII class of dedicated amphibious command ships
- USS Seminole (AKA-104) : Tolland-class attack cargo ship in World War Two
- USS Skagit (AKA-105) : Tolland-class attack cargo ship
- Vietnam War : A post-colonial independence/Cold War conflict between communist North Vietnam against South Vietnam, assisted by the United States (1955-1975), to unify Vietnam; won by North Vietnam in 1975.
- Vietnamese Communist grand strategy : Add brief definition or description
- Vietnam : A country in Southeast Asia, neighboring China, Laos, and Cambodia, and with seacoast on the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea. Now the unified Socialist Republic of Vietnam, under a Communist government with a market economic system, it spawned from ancient kingdoms, was a colony called French Indochina, and was partitioned into the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) between 1954 and 1975.
- Wars of Vietnam : The broad context of warfare in the modern area of Vietnam, of which the Vietnam War (1962-1975) is best known, but involves colonization, Japanese occupation, decolonization, and post-1975 but related warfare among Vietnam, Cambodia and China