When Was the Vietnam War?


The commonly accepted dates for the Vietnam conflict are 1954 to 1975. Most of the military fighting occurred between 1957 and 1973. Because Congress never officially passed a vote to declare a war, the United States was never technically at war with North Vietnam.

Vietnam was divided as the result of a treaty ending the Korean War. According to the original provision, it was to be re-unified a couple of years later. However, Dwight D. Eisenhower helped the southern half of the country organize into a new nation. The anti-communist South Vietnam, backed by the United States, engaged in a military confrontation with the communist North Vietnam until 1973, when the United States withdrew its troops. Two years later, Vietnam re-unified under communist rule.