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20/02/1965 South Vietnamese coup is unsuccessful

General Khanh escaped to Dalat with the aid of Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky, who then threatened to bomb Saigon and the Tan Son Nhut Airport unless the rebel troops were withdrawn. Ky was dissuaded from this by Gen. William Westmoreland, who told Ky that more political instability might have a negative impact on continued U.S. aid.


  • Essentials 

  • Background 

  • American encouragement of a coup 

  • Preliminary plots 

  • Coup beginning 

  • Announcement of coup 

  • Failure to capture Bien Hoa Air Base and stalemate 

  • Khánh ousted