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This quiz is on the events that took place around the time of the Vietnam War.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the name of the event that brought America into the Vietnam War?

    • A.

      Khe Sanh

    • B.

      Pearl Harbor

    • C.

      Bombing of the USS Main

    • D.

      Gulf of Tonkin incident

    Correct Answer
    D. Gulf of Tonkin incident
    Explanation
    The Gulf of Tonkin incident is the correct answer because it was the event that led to the United States becoming directly involved in the Vietnam War. In August 1964, the USS Maddox, an American naval destroyer, was allegedly attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. This incident prompted the U.S. Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave President Lyndon B. Johnson broad authority to escalate military involvement in Vietnam. The resolution effectively authorized the U.S. to use military force in Vietnam and marked a significant turning point in the war.

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  • 2. 

    Where was the first amphibious landing of the Vietnam War?

    • A.

      Khe Sanh

    • B.

      Da Nang

    • C.

      Hill 881

    • D.

      Hue City

    Correct Answer
    B. Da Nang
    Explanation
    Da Nang is the correct answer because it was the location of the first amphibious landing of the Vietnam War. In March 1965, the United States Marines landed at Da Nang to establish a base and support the South Vietnamese government. This marked the beginning of the American involvement in the war and the escalation of military operations.

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  • 3. 

    Which strategy was not used by the Marine Corps and Army during the Vietnam War?

    • A.

      Marine Pacification

    • B.

      Search and Destroy

    • C.

      Clear and Hold

    • D.

      Shock and Awe

    Correct Answer
    D. Shock and Awe
    Explanation
    The Marine Corps and Army did not use the strategy of "Shock and Awe" during the Vietnam War. This strategy, which involves overwhelming force and a display of power to intimidate and demoralize the enemy, was not employed by the military forces during this conflict. Instead, they primarily utilized strategies such as Marine Pacification, Search and Destroy, and Clear and Hold to combat the insurgency and secure territory.

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  • 4. 

    Which battle did the Marines deal the Viet Cong their first major defeat of the war?

    • A.

      Da Nang

    • B.

      Hue City

    • C.

      Operation Starlite

    • D.

      Tet Offensive

    Correct Answer
    C. Operation Starlite
    Explanation
    Operation Starlite was the first major battle in which the Marines dealt a significant defeat to the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. It took place in August 1965, near the Van Tuong Peninsula in South Vietnam. The operation involved a combined force of U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops, who successfully launched a surprise attack on a Viet Cong stronghold. The battle resulted in heavy casualties for the Viet Cong and marked a turning point in the war, demonstrating the effectiveness of U.S. military tactics and boosting morale among American forces.

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  • 5. 

    In what battle did the Marines survive a 77 day siege?

    • A.

      Dien Bien Phu

    • B.

      Da Nang

    • C.

      Dewey Canyon

    • D.

      Khe Sanh

    Correct Answer
    D. Khe Sanh
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Khe Sanh. Khe Sanh was a battle during the Vietnam War where the Marines were besieged by the North Vietnamese Army for 77 days. The Marines were able to survive the siege and eventually repel the enemy forces.

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  • 6. 

    In what battle did the Marines fight house to house for the first time since the Korean War?

    • A.

      Khe Sanh

    • B.

      Dewey Canyon

    • C.

      Hue City

    • D.

      Saigon

    Correct Answer
    C. Hue City
    Explanation
    Hue City is the correct answer because it was in the Battle of Hue City during the Vietnam War that the Marines fought house to house for the first time since the Korean War. The battle took place in 1968, and the Marines faced intense urban combat as they fought to retake the city from North Vietnamese forces. This battle marked a significant shift in the tactics and challenges faced by the Marines, as they had to adapt to the unique and difficult conditions of urban warfare.

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  • 7. 

    What operation was responsible for evacuating civilians from Saigon?

    • A.

      Eagle Pull

    • B.

      Frequent Wind

    • C.

      Just Cause

    • D.

      Eagle Claw

    Correct Answer
    B. Frequent Wind
    Explanation
    Frequent Wind was the operation responsible for evacuating civilians from Saigon. It was the final phase of the United States' evacuation of American civilians and "at-risk" Vietnamese from South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The operation involved the evacuation of thousands of people, including embassy personnel, American citizens, and Vietnamese refugees, from Saigon by helicopter. It took place on April 29-30, 1975, as North Vietnamese forces were closing in on the city. The operation was successful in evacuating a significant number of people, although many were left behind.

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  • 8. 

    What was considered one of the best applications of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force?

    • A.

      Da Nang

    • B.

      Dewey Canyon

    • C.

      Tet Offensive

    • D.

      Hue City

    Correct Answer
    B. Dewey Canyon
    Explanation
    Dewey Canyon was considered one of the best applications of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force.

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  • 9. 

    What Marine is known for killing a man from 2,250 meters away with a M2 machinegun?

    • A.

      Dan Daily

    • B.

      Carlos Hathcock

    • C.

      Chesty Puller

    • D.

      John Basilone

    Correct Answer
    B. Carlos Hathcock
    Explanation
    Carlos Hathcock is known for killing a man from 2,250 meters away with a M2 machinegun. Hathcock was a United States Marine Corps sniper during the Vietnam War and is considered one of the most legendary snipers in American military history. He achieved this remarkable feat of long-range shooting in 1967, earning him the nickname "White Feather" among the enemy. Hathcock's skill, precision, and bravery in combat have made him a respected figure in the sniper community.

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  • 10. 

    Which series of battles denied the NVA control of Qui Tri Province?

    • A.

      Hill Fights

    • B.

      Da Nang

    • C.

      Beleau Wood

    • D.

      Okinawa

    Correct Answer
    A. Hill Fights
    Explanation
    The Hill Fights refer to a series of battles that took place during the Vietnam War. These battles occurred in the Qui Tri Province and were fought between the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and the United States Marine Corps. The intense fighting and strategic maneuvers by the Marines ultimately denied the NVA control of Qui Tri Province.

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