The Ultimate Vietnam War Quiz



By: Scott Nordlund

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About This Quiz

The Vietnam War was one of the most violent conflicts the United States ever participated in. It took place in three countries - Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - and lasted twenty years of difficult jungle fighting, resulting in the American withdrawal in 1975. While neither side claimed defeat, it is hard to gauge a victory with the loss of over 58,000 American soldiers. Do you consider yourself a Vietnam buff? Do you know the battles, the leaders and their soldiers? Can you navigate the Mekong Delta or fight your way in and out of foxholes? 

The twenty-year war had countless battles and skirmishes, but can you identify the event that started the war? Or if that event actually happened? We call the war "The Vietnam War," but what did the Vietnamese call it? You might be surprised. You might be familiar with the fact that Vietnam was one of the first conflicts that saw the regular use of SEAL teams one and two, but do you know what their kill ratio was?

These are only a few of the questions you'll come across in this quiz. Do you think you're up for the challenge, soldier? Most people aren't, but you aren't most people, are you?

Who was the US general in charge of the operation?

Westmoreland oversaw the conflict, and did not fair well at home or via the media


What was the famous incident that sparked the war?

The Gulf of Tonkin incident was when a Vietcong boat shot upon a US Navy Vessel


What recently deceased boxer refused to be drafted?

Ali famously refused to be drafted into service, and spent time in jail due to it.


What was the last battle of the conflict?

With a loss at Saigon, US forces officially pulled out of the Vietnam Conflict for good.


What was the name of the main supply trail used by Vietcong forces?

Stretching 1000 km, this trail supplied forces throughout the war.


Vietnamese forces were nicknamed what by the Americans?

Vietcong forces were called Charlie by American troops.


The Vietnam War allowed what on the front lines?

Media were allowed on the front lines to broadcast the horrors of war and bring them to living rooms across the country every night.


Where did one of the largest war crime ever committed by US forces take place?

My Lai saw US forces murder approximately 500 unarmed civilians in 1968.


When did the Vietnam War end?

1975 saw the end of the war, with the fall of Saigon.


Officially what was the Vietnam War called in the US?

There was no declaration of war on the Vietnam government, and thus was referred to the Vietnam Conflict by the government.


At what university were shots fired into a crowd by National Guard members?

In 1970, Kent State saw violence erupt during a peaceful protest with shots fires by member of the National Guard


What did the US air force use to fix rotors on helicopters?

Duct Tape was used to quickly fix rotor blades in the field and get a chopper up and running.


What Vietcong offensive changed the course of the war in 1968?

The Tet Offensive saw 36 cities attacked, and public opinion sway against the US on the home front.


What country was the former colonial power that oversaw Vietnam?

The French were active in the region until the mid 1950's where things started to turn hostile towards them.


The leader of the Vietcong was...

Ho Chi Minh was a true leader, with compassion fro his troops and the drive to take on and defeat the largest military in the world.


The Vietnam War was known as what to the Vietnamese people?

Vietcong, and later the Vietnamese government still refer to this war as The American War.


What was the first hollywood film based in the Vietnam War?

The Green Barets was a pro war film that starred John Wayne


US forces invaded what country in 1970?

Cambodia was invaded to destroy supply centers, further driving the American public against Johnston.


What children's toy was used for radio communication by American troops?

Slinkys were used to increase radio efficiency in the field


What US ship pushed $10 million worth of aircraft into the sea to allow a cesna full of evacuees to land on its deck?

USS Midway made room for a cesna to land at the end of the war.


Name the two NATO nations that famously refused to send troops along with the US.

Canada and the UK did not send troops, but did offer humanitarian aid.


When did the Vietnam War begin?

Northern soldiers began attacks on Southern forces as of 1954.


Which further conflict did Vietnam partake?

The Vietnam War was an extension of the Cold War into the Asian Pacific theater.


What other superpower was active in the Vietnam War, in providing the Vietcong armaments and equipment?

The USSR supplied the Vietcong army throughout the war.


In what year did the US begin ground operations in Vietnam?

3500 Marines were sent to provide security for US Air Force bases in 1965.


What was included in the Nixon Doctorine?

The Nixon Doctrine saw a troop reduction start in the summer of 1969.


According to declassified documents, did the Gulf of Tonkin incident​ happen?

In 2005, it was released that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was made up, and was a direct lie to the American people to allow for the government to enter into war in Vietnam.


What did the USA enlist during the Vietnam War that lead to massive civil unrest at home?

The draft was initiated by the US government.


What song became the anti war anthem?

This infamous song became the unofficial anti-war anthem as the war dragged on.


What did Vietnam sign in 1954 to divide the country in half?

Signed in 1954, the Geneva Accords saw the North and South of Vietnam be divided into the Democratic South, and Communist North.


Due to the draft, how many Americans fled the country as draft dodgers?

Over 125,000 Americans fled the country to escape the draft


What was the name of the chemical agent that US military forces used on Vietcong forces?

Napalm was utilized on the battlefield causing mass damage across the population.


What was the kill ratio of US Navy Seal Team 1 and 2?

200:1 the highest ration of any war for active Seal teams.


How many days of conflict did the average soldier experience?

240 days, the most days of combat for any modern conflict the US has experienced.


To what country did the draft dodgers mainly escape to?

The vast majority of draft dodgers found their new home in the Great White North, otherwise known as Canada.


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