How Much Do You Know About The Vietnam War?
The Vietnam War remains one of the most controversial conflicts the United States has ever been involved in. Though the reasons for the war are complex, the main goal was to prevent the spread of communism throughout the world. The U.S. was in the midst of the Cold War, and the Vietnam conflict was a proxy war, of sorts. But how much do you remember from your history books? Test your knowledge and see how you stack up when it comes to Vietnam War history!
How many total deaths were there in Vietnam between 1965 and 1974?
Which foreign country gave the Viet Cong early warnings of U.S. forces as they approached?
How many POW/MIA soldiers are still unaccounted for?
What was the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution?
- It allowed for the use of military forces without a formal act of Congress
- It provided funding for the construction of U.S. warships for use in the Gulf of Tonkin
- It required all Viet Cong POWs to be held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
As part of the Selective Service Act, what were all male American citizens required to carry at all times after registering with the draft board?
- A U.S. Passport
- A draft card
- A long-form birth certificate
Which U.S. warship did North Vietnamese gunboats fire on during the Gulf of Tonkin incident?
- USS Maddox
- USS Constitution
- USS Lincoln
Which of the following terms was NOT used to refer to the My Lai Massacre?
- Pinkville Massacre
- Massacre at Songmy
- Ho Chi Minh Massacre
What did the U.S. government use Agent Orange for during the war?
- Poison Viet Cong soldiers
- Strip the land of vegetation
- Paint enemy targets for easy visibility during air assaults
Which American Army reservist burned his draft card while wearing his U.S. Army Special Forces uniform?
- Gary Rader
- John McCain
- Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
Hỏa Lò Prison was known by what name to the American POWs held there?
- Fort Perseverance
- Tet Prison
- Hanoi Hilton
How many Canadians served with the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam?
What flammable liquid composed of gasoline and a gelling agent was used during Vietnam to destroy targets and engage in psychological warfare?
- Agent Orange
- Mustard Gas
Who did U.S. troops attempt to train as allies during Project Waterpump?
- Laotian pilots and mechanics
- Former Viet Cong fighters
- Thai child soldiers
In what year did the last of the U.S. troops withdraw from Vietnam?
The draft selections were made by picking pieces of paper, which were placed in plastic capsules, out of a glass jar. What information was on each paper to determine which men would be drafted?
- Social security numbers
- Dates of birth
- Home address zip codes
What was Operation Pocket Money?
- A plan to fund the war efforts with congressional petty cash funds
- An aerial mining operation to cut off enemy supply lines
- Legislation to increase the pay for Air Force members
Which president secretly sent U.S. Special Operations Forces to train the South Vietnamese to fight?
- Harry S. Truman
- John F. Kennedy
- Richard Nixon
In what year did communists in Vietnam begin fighting France for control of the country?
What was the reason that the United States became involved in Vietnam?
- To stop the spread of communism
- To gain access to oil deposits deep within the Vietnamese jungles
- To Build a military base for coordinating operations in the Pacific Ocean post-WWII
Heroin addiction became a problem among the troops. Who supplied injectable cocaine to U.S. forces during the war?
- Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar
- Laotian Army General Ouane Rattkone
- American gangster Frank Lucas
What was the name of the North Vietnamese attack during the festival of the Vietnamese New Year?
- Tet Offensive
- Battle of la Drang
- Cambodian Incursion
What was NOT a major failure of the Battle of Hamburger Hill?
- There was little strategic value to taking the heavily-fortified hill
- No one gave a direct order to begin an attack against the North Vietnamese troops
- The hill was abandoned soon after it was captured, making the loss of American life even more tragic
After U.S. troops left Vietnam for good, which dictator did the country become involved in a border dispute with?
- Ferdinand Marcos
- Pol Pot
- Kim Il-Sung
The USO provided entertainment to the troops serving in country. Which of the following performers did NOT appear on stage in Vietnam?
- Buddy Holly
- John Wayne
- Sammy Davis Jr.
Who is the only person to be named an honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces for his work in Vietnam and other conflicts dating back to 1941?
- Wayne Newton
- Bob Hope
- Raymond Burr
President John F. Kennedy was the first president to be assassinated while the country was at war since the assassination of which former president?
- Abraham Lincoln
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Andrew Jackson
While most of the Vietnam conflict occurred in South Vietnam, battles were also fought in which of the following countries?
- Papua New Guinea
What was the Ho Chi Minh Trail?
- An ancient path built by the Chinese during the Ming Dynasty
- A supply line built by the Lao Dong Party
- A route U.S. soldiers used to evade Viet Cong forces in Cambodia
How long did the Vietnam War last?
- 19 years, 6 months
- 14 years, 7 months
- 30 years, 2 months
What was "Vietnamization" during the war?
- A plan crafted by Nixon and Johnson to help U.S. soldiers relate to Vietnamese civilians
- A Nixon policy designed to end U.S. involvement in the war
- The appropriation of Vietnamese culture by the Western world
Which of the following contributed to the anti-war sentiment among American citizens?
- Accessibility of graphic images and footage from the front lines
- Growing presence of social media in news coverage
- Strong pro-communism beliefs in the majority of American households
By what other name were the Viet Cong known by?
- National Liberation Front for South Vietnam
- South Saigon Freedom Fighters
- Minh's Army of the Nationalist Party
After the Gulf of Tonkin incident, China increased its support to the Viet Cong. How many troops did Mao Zedong send to provide aid to the North Vietnamese between 1865 and 1971?
The Viet Cong used many different types of booby traps to injure and maim U.S. soldiers, including punjis. What were punjis?
- Sharpened stakes placed in the ground
- Harpoons attached to trip wires
- Crudely built land mines
Which of the following countries was NOT involved in the Vietnam conflict?
- South Korea
Because an official declaration of war was not made, the conflict in Vietnam is not technically considered a war. What is the term legal experts use to define the conflict?
- Police action
- Peaceful invasion
- Fact-finding mission
Which of the following was considered the "workhorse of the Vietnam war?"
- UH-1 Huey helicopter
- AK-47 assault rifle
- Panzer tank
What were Zippo Missions?
- Search and destroy missions near suspected Viet Cong strongholds
- Aerial bombing raids using napalm
- Surface-to-air missile operations
Who was William Westmoreland?
- The Secretary of Defense under President Nixon
- A United States Army general in command during Vietnam
- The last soldier to leave Vietnam
How many times was John Kerry wounded during Vietnam?
- Three times
- Eight times