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Creator
Margery H. Freeman
Date created
May 1997
Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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  • French colonization and Vietnam wars: Photographs and text tell the story of Vietnam under French colonial rule, its experience during twentieth-century wars with France and the United States, and its recent liberalization. (Page 13)

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Former U.S. Embassy in Saigon and site of final helicopter evacuation in 1975

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This former United States Embassy in Saigon, a multi-story building sided with reinforced white grillwork, was the site of the final U.S. helicopter evacuation at the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975.

Although many Vietnamese linked to the U.S. army initially entered the Embassy compound for evacuation, on the last day an order was given to airlift only Embassy documents and American citizens.

Vietnamese who had worked many years for the U.S. Embassy or military were refused the helicopter evacuation service, thereby leaving them in the hands of North Vietnamese troops who killed most of them for allying with the U.S. enemy during the war.