Read about three wars
The Vietnam War
Vietnam was a French colony. The Vietnamese began fighting against the French in 1949 with help from the new Chinese republic. In 1954, after the Vietnamese defeated the French in a decisive battle (Dien Bien Phu), the country was divided into the Communist North and the US-backed South. In 1963, the South Vietnamese president was assassinated in a coup, which prompted increased US military intervention. The US began bombing the North in 1965. In 1968, US troops killed hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers in My Lai. In 1970, the US secretly began bombing Cambodia, Which they believed was helping the Communists. The last US troops left Vietnam in 1973. North and South Vietnam were reunited in 1976.