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With the collapse of South Vietnam only a matter of time this April in 1975, word came on the 21st of the resignation of South Vietnamese President Nguyen van Thieu, citing anger and bitterness toward the U.S., claiming that it had broken its promise of support in sending troops and supplies to aid the besieged government.
The U.S. was sending troops; but troops to aid in the evacuation of some 3,000 Americans still in the country. The war was all but over. Three-quarters of South Vietnam were under North Vietnamese control. The capital of Saigon was surrounded with complete collapse just days, if not hours away. Panic was widespread as evacuation orders signalled impending surrender. South Vietnamese who were loyal to the U.S. were scrambling for a way out, and scenes of near-riot spread throughout the remaining South Vietnamese controlled areas as the end was coming quickly, and irrevocably.
Here is a Special Report from NBC News, broadcast on the night of April 21, 1975.
- Americans remember Vietnam War 40 years after last US troops were pulled from bloody battlefield (dailymail.co.uk)
- Photos: 40th anniversary of Vietnam withdrawal (photos.denverpost.com)
- LBJ Tapes: Nixon Sabotaged Vietnam Peace Talks (outsidethebeltway.com)
- LBJ Nixon Treason: New Tapes Declassified (theepochtimes.com)
- The 38th Annual Reunion of the last Americans to Leave South Vietnam! (ireport.cnn.com)
- After 40 years, Vietnam memories are still strong (dailyitem.com)
- The 40th Anniversary of Leaving Vietnam – 10 Photos of the Troop Withdrawal (guns.com)
- Friday 40 yrs since Vietnam withdrawal (newsnet5.com)