In this stunning history, soldiers and civilians, both American and Vietnamese, tell what it was like in the spring of 1975 as Hanoi carried out its final, successful offensive against the Republic of Vietnam. Generals, ambassadors, pilots, marines, politicians, doctors, seamen, flight attendants, journalists, children, and even Vietcong soldiers describe the growing demoralization, panic, and chaos as the collapse gained momentum. American survivors recall with raw emotions the escape of the last airliner out of Danang, the chilling helicopter airlift from the U.S. embassy roof in Saigon, and the painful abandonment of their South Vietnamese allies. Former boat people relate their hair-raising encounters with Thai pirates; and in a new postscript, an American government official describes the resettlement of 130,000 Vietnamese refugees in America over the ensuing months. Touching, heroic, and unforgettable, these dramatic narratives illuminate the closing act of one of the central events of modern history.
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About the Author
Larry Engelmann lives in San Jose, California. He is the author of three books, and his stories have appeared in prominent magazines nationwide. He is currently writing a book on a group of women intelligence officers in the People's Liberation Army of China.
Table of Contents
|I.||Last Flight from Danang||3|
|III.||The Congressional Delegation||26|
|V.||Central Intelligence Agency||60|
|VI.||Defense Attache Office||75|
|VII.||Joint Military Team||93|
|VIII.||Military Sealift Command||107|
|XIV.||San Clemente, California||221|
|XIX.||Bui Doi: Dust of the Earth||317|
|Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms||361|