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NBC News anchor Jane Pauley recounts events which led the United States into the Vietnam War and describes the end of the war and the fall of Saigon. President Ford's press secretary announces the U.S. withdrawal from Saigon.
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.
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.
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger addresses the American people as the Vietnam War comes to an end. He appeals to Americans to heal wounds, avoid recriminations, and look to the future.
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.
An NBC News report describes how South Vietnam fell, province by province, to the Viet Cong. Historic news footage documents final battles of the Vietnam War and long caravans of refugees searching for safety.
As North Vietnamese troops advanced into South Vietnam, refugees fled by the thousands in search of safe havens that didn't exist. Historic news footage documents efforts to evacuate refugees.
In a broadcast from 1975, television journalist David Brinkley comments on the American evacuation from Saigon. He describes the frantic attempts of South Vietnamese people to leave with the Americans.
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.
Vietnam was the first war widely broadcast on television, and graphic images of the war were seen in American living rooms nightly. Historic news footage documents events in Saigon and at the U.S. embassy as the American evacuation began.
News footage follows the evacuation of Americans and South Vietnamese refugees by helicopter from the American embassy in Saigon to U.S. Navy ships in the South China Sea. Cameras document the scuttling of Vietnamese choppers at sea.
In a broadcast from 1975, television journalist David Brinkley discusses the end of the Vietnam War. He comments on the American military industrial machine and on living in a world where there isn't a major war in progress.
A 1975 news broadcast addresses debate regarding the legality of using American troops to evacuate South Vietnamese nationals from Saigon. In a press conference, President Ford reacts to calls for a Congressional inquiry into the war.
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.
NBC News cameraman Neil Davis shot historic news footage of the North Vietnamese takeover of Saigon in 1975. During an interview taped ten years later, Davis and two other journalists reflected on their experiences in Vietnam.
Journalist George Lewis covered the Vietnam War and American evacuation of Saigon. Twenty-five years later Lewis returned to Saigon, renamed Ho Chi Minh City, to reflect on his experiences in Vietnam and on his career as a war correspondent.
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.
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