Discussion in 'Vietnam' started by Owen, Apr 30, 2010.
some good old film footage from ITN
OMG! That makes me feel my age; I remember the shots of the helicopters taking off from the embassy roof on the tv news...
I have recollections of seeing ARVN Choppers being thrown off the side of a US Aircraft carrier to make way for new ones who managed to get out of the country.
The Fall of Saigon 1975: An Eyewitness Report by John Pilger
White Christmas - The Fall of Saigon by Dirck Halstead - The Digital Journalist
Two blogs about the fall of Saigon. Well worth reading.
My favourite little story concerns the last Aussie servicemen in Vietnam - ANZAC day 35 years ago.
See here for the story - http://www.vvaavic.org.au/Pics/RAAF_final_involvement.pdf
And here for the names - The Last out of South Vietnam + ADGies the last ones out in 1975
I'm pretty sure that Ian Dainer was one of the instructors when I did my rookies course - most of them were Vietnam era ADGies
I was in elementary school when that happened. Watching all that made me so angry. I won't get into the politics of it all, but the conduct of that war is the prime motivating factor in shaping my national political outlook since.
Brings back memories as I was at Police Training College at Bruche, Warrington (Ex WW2 Camp).
It doesn't seem all that long ago and now I am thinking like Cpt Sensible about my age.
I missed out on the lucky number coming out so it gives my age away also.
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