The ferry carrier, USNS Core, arrives in Saigon with the first U.S. helicopter unit. This contingent included 33 Vertol H-21C Shawnee helicopters and 400 air and ground crewmen to operate and maintain them. Their assignment was to airlift South Vietnamese Army troops into combat.
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First U.S. helicopters arrive in South Vietnam.
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This Week in History, Dec 11 - Dec 17
- Dec 11, 1961
- First U.S. helicopters arrive in South Vietnam.
- Dec 11, 1969
- Paratroopers depart South Vietnam
- Dec 12, 1968
- Procedural questions cause difficulty at the peace talks
- Dec 12, 1969
- Philippine soldiers depart South Vietnam
- Dec 13, 1972
- Peace negotiations in Paris deadlocked
- Dec 13, 1974
- North Vietnamese commence attack on Phuoc Long Province
- Dec 14, 1961
- Kennedy announces intent to increase aid to South Vietnam
- Dec 14, 1964
- Operation Barrel Roll begins
- Dec 15, 1965
- U.S. bombers strike industrial targets in North Vietnam
- Dec 15, 1969
- Nixon announces additional U.S. troop withdrawals
- Dec 16, 1965
- Westmoreland asks for more troops
- Dec 16, 1972
- Kissinger announces that North Vietnamese left negotiations
- Dec 17, 1971
- Cambodian forces under heavy pressure
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