March 29, 1973, exactly 45 years ago today, the last American troops withdrew from Vietnam a move that eventually lead to the collapse defeat of South Vietnam.
A Paris peace accord had ended the America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. The American troops pulled out and two years later, South Vietnam capital, Saigon, fell to communist forces.
Although America’s direct eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War ended, about 7000 U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees remained behind especially in Saigon, to aid South Vietnam in conducting what looked to be a fierce and ongoing war with communist North Vietnam.
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