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Fall of Saigon: Where were you on April 30th, 1975?

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

 

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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In the Army and stationed in Europe.

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Junior year in High School in Massachusetts


"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

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

 

Leigh


"Pain is only Weakness Leaving the Body"

MSG Leigh E Smith Jr
US Army (Retired)

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


Jeff Floyd

The universe is made up of neutrons, protons, electrons and morons

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


Hardstripe

I collect US Army chevrons and US Army Finance Corps items. I also collect CCC insignia.

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


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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.


 

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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.


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


MSGT William Gould, 8th Weather Squadron, USAAF WWII
MAJ Abner J. Barnett, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division, USA Medical Corps WWI, WWII
T 5 A. Curtis Dufield, 147th Armored Signal Company, 7th Armored Division WWII

CAPT Thomas F. Hooper, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, WWII
"And then we all got invited to World War II and everybody's life changed." (Jean Kelly Barnett Gould 1922-2009 (My mom))
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Phil. 4:11b)
"That outfit was so bad that the CHAPLAIN went over the hill with a couple of guys." William Bryson Gould 1920-2012 )(My dad))

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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.

 

Bob


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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.


Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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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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452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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

 

 

 

Wharf


In Peace and War, US Merchant Marine. WARNING: Dangerous Cargo. No Visitors, No Smoking, No Open Lights.

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


Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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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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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.


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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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Always looking for 70th Division(The Trailblazers) items or photos.

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

Paul

Salome, AZ

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