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#1 gwb123

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:05 AM

Saigon fell on April 30th, 1975, forty years ago today.  Where were you when you heard the news?

 

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#2 atb

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:13 AM

In the Army and stationed in Europe.



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:15 AM

In the womb



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:40 AM

Junior year in High School in Massachusetts

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:56 AM

 9 yrs old, 4th Grade, Barron Elementry school, Salem New Hampshire..

 

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 10:05 AM

Chief of Targets, 432nd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base.



#7 1SG_1st_Cav

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 12:59 PM

I was finishing my BS degree at Cameron University in Lawton, OK.  I was selected to finish my degree

with a fully-funded under the old Enlisted Degree Completion Program.  Only approximately125 enlisted

were selected each year.  I had to give the Army 4 years in return for the 2-year scholarship. 

This program was discontinued in 1976 or 1977.



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 01:41 PM

4th Finance Company, Ft Carson Colorado on alert! The whole 4th Infantry Division was marshaling at the rail yards to go back to Vietnam.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 02:27 PM

I was a Lance Corporal on guard duty at Marine Detachment HQ-CINCLANT (Headquarters, Commander In Chief Atlantic Fleet) Norfolk, Virginia



#10 irish

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:30 PM

Heard sitting in the day room at Hq Co 1/83 FA Baumholder West Germany. In the room were a number of senior NCO's and Officers who were shaking their head in dis-belief.

Edited by irish, 30 April 2015 - 03:31 PM.


#11 manayunkman

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:43 PM

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:50 PM

elementary school.

 

Use to watch the ABC evening news every night at 5pm with Harry Reasoner and Howard K Smith.Viet Nam live and in color.Kept looking to see if my cousin would appear in footae(wishful thinking of a kid).My best buddies brother in law was in the UDT and we played with the gear then.

Reasoner had been a local boy at one time.May still have a relative or two around.Some cousins I recall.


Edited by doyler, 30 April 2015 - 03:53 PM.


#13 Robswashashore

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:31 PM

Freshman at Marquette University. It was discussed in great detail in my History class that afternoon.

#14 bheskett

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:53 PM

8th grade at Saline Middle School.  I remember watching it on TV.  The original stairs are at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan if you get a chance to check them out.

 

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 05:39 PM

Ironically, that is the day I signed a contract with the US Army ROTC that later led to my commission.

 

It was not planned that way.  It was a decision I had been contemplating after taking the first two years of courses. 

 

I can only wonder what my parents thought that night when I gave them the news at the dining room table, on top of the headlines that Saigon had fallen.



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 05:56 PM

Slightly OT, as I wasn't born yet in '75, but on THIS 4/30, I got a call from a sort of long-lost (due to geographic distance) cousin that was a WIA OH-6A pilot, telling me there'll be a few waves of his Vietnam stuff heading my way.  I sat down to do some research on his unit (3/4 Cav) and the date hit me. 


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#17 Wharfmaster

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 06:50 PM

I was on the job and many were disgusted at the news. I remember it well. You had to be there.

 

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:10 PM

Same place as normaninvasion...my mom was five months pregnant at the time... :)

#19 gunbunnyB/3/75FA

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:14 PM

as i was only 7 , probably in elementary school



#20 m1ashooter

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:07 PM

I was a senior in HS just about to graduate.  The news said the President would address that nation that evening.  I had a sense of dread that we were going to go in and that I would get caught up in the war.  When he announced that we weren't going to return to SVN I felt relieved but then thought what was this worth.  Why did we loose all of these men.  For what?  I still don't have the answer.



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 05:20 AM

I was in Junior High. I remember sitting in my bedroom building a model tank and watching it on the news. I just remember being shocked and angry over the fall.

#22 rrobertscv

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 05:54 AM

I was 14 and I remember how mad it made me, I grew up watching it on the news. I guess what made me so mad was that at least once every 3-4 months I went with my grandfather a WWII veteran to the local V.A. hospital and I remember all the young guys with missing limbs and disfigured bodies. Seemed like they had not only sacrificed, but had been sacrificed.



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 09:02 AM

figment of my parent's imagination.... at least I'd like to think I was.   :dry:

My only personal connection to the war is that my dad would drive his friend down to Camp Pendleton to see their relatives who were awaiting immigration processing.



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 09:15 AM

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 11:51 AM

Ft. Lewis WA on my final assignment prior to retirement.

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