The Fall of Saigon: April 29-30, 1975
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
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The Fall of Saigon: April 29-30, 1975 (53:23)
The end of the Vietnam War came abruptly on April 30, 1975, the day the American-supported government of South Vietnam collapsed and the capital, Saigon, fell to communist forces. This program presents those dramatic events as captured by an NBC News team on the scene, culminating in the exclusive footage of enemy tanks overrunning the presidential palace. Not available in French-speaking Canada. (53 minutes)
The American Evacuation of Saigon (02:58)
An NBC News broadcast from April 29, 1975 announces the evacuation of Americans from Saigon. Correspondents narrate historic news footage of the evacuation from Vietnam.
South Vietnam Surrenders to Communists (01:50)
An NBC News broadcast announces South Vietnam's unconditional surrender to the Viet Cong following the American evacuation from Saigon. Correspondents in Vietnam describe the situation.
Paris Peace Accords and the Fall of Saigon (01:40)
Events following the Paris Peace Accords of 1973 contributed to the fall of Saigon in 1975. A news broadcast from 1975 details the agreements made in Paris, describes violations of those agreements, and assesses the impact of those violations.
American Involvement in Vietnam's 30 Years War (02:11)
Fighting in what came to be known as the Vietnam War began in 1945 and continued for 30 years. A news broadcast from 1975 outlines American involvement in the war and comments on how the United States underestimated North Vietnam.
Saigon's First Day Under Communist Rule (06:32)
Reporters who remained in Saigon after the American evacuation witnessed the Communist takeover of South Vietnam. Historic footage documents the last American chopper to leave Saigon and the arrival of North Vietnamese troops.
Lessons from the Vietnam War (02:33)
In 1975, commenting on the end of the Vietnam War, journalist David Brinkley challenged future American presidents to announce any plans for future wars from the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Lessons from the war are explored.