Saigon fell on April 30th, 1975, forty years ago today. Where were you when you heard the news?
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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:56 AM
9 yrs old, 4th Grade, Barron Elementry school, Salem New Hampshire..
Posted 30 April 2015 - 10:05 AM
Chief of Targets, 432nd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base.
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.
Posted 30 April 2015 - 01:41 PM
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
Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:30 PM
Edited by irish, 30 April 2015 - 03:31 PM.
Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:50 PM
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.
Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:31 PM
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.
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.
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.
Edited by Garandomatic, 30 April 2015 - 05:56 PM.
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.
Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:10 PM
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.
Posted 01 May 2015 - 05:20 AM
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.
Posted 01 May 2015 - 09:02 AM
figment of my parent's imagination.... at least I'd like to think I was.
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.
Posted 01 May 2015 - 11:51 AM
Ft. Lewis WA on my final assignment prior to retirement.
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