Experience the moral dilemmas facing both U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon in April 1975 in this video adapted from American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam. According to some of the 6,000 or so U.S. personnel remaining in South Vietnam, it was clear that the U.S. Embassy needed to plan for an evacuation of American personnel and the hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese who had worked closely with the U.S. during the war. Because the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam had refused to develop an evacuation plan for endangered South Vietnamese, several young officers in the embassy led “black ops”—operations that were against regulations—to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible. This resource is part of the American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam Collection.
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