The Vietnam War occurred from 1959 to April 30, 1975. The U.S. deployed large numbers of troops to South Vietnam between 1954 and 1973.
At various stages the conflict involved clashes between small units patrolling the mountains and jungles, amphibious operations, guerrilla attacks on the villages and cities and large-scale conventional battles. U.S. aircraft also conducted massive aerial bombing, targeting North Vietnam’s cities, industries and logistical networks.
The Vietnam War was finally concluded on 30 April 1975, with the Fall of Saigon. The war claimed 58,000 U.S. combat dead and the lives of between 2 and 5.7 million Vietnamese.