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Friday, April 30, 2010

Fall of Saigon 35th Anniversary

Today is the 35th anniversary of Saigon’s fall to the North Vietnamese army.  On April 30th, 1975, the last Americans involved in the Vietnam War left Saigon in a dramatic helicopter airlift; images from this evacuation are still recognizable around the world today.  To commemorate this anniversary, the Vietnam Archive has created an online exhibit detailing the events leading up to the final tumultuous days of South Vietnam. 

South Vietnamese refugee comforted by red cross volunteers at a refugee camp set up at Elgin Air Force Base Florida, May 1975. Bryan Grigsby Collection

“April 30th, 1975: The Fall of Saigon” Online Exhibit

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  1. We should have never abandoned South Vietnam. When the NVA invaded the South in 1975 in conventional military style, our aircraft carriers and our airplanes sat silent because Congress had stopped funding military aid to South Vietnam. America had turned its backs on our South Vietnam allies and their struggle for freedom. Shame on us.

    Comment by Kurt Olney — Monday, May 3, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

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