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1945

WWII ends; Viet Minh independence; French return after Japanese capitulate

1949

State of Vietnam formed; Vietnamese National Army created

1952 1953 1954 1955 1956

First Vietnamese naval officer aspirants assigned to French combat units Vietnamese National Army unit comprised entirely of enlisted Vietnamese recruits French defeat at Dien Bien Phu; Geneva Conference divides North & South Vietnam French military departs; Republic of Vietnam founded; QUAN BUU postmarks introduced Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) formed

1959

Construction begins on the Ho Chi Minh Trail

1965

Major US troop buildup begins

1968

Tet Offensive

1975

Saigon falls to People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN)

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