40 years ago today.

40 years ago today, marked the end of the Vietnam War. The capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (also known as the Việt Cộng) happened on April 30, 1975.

North Vietnamese forces began their final attack on Saigon, with on April 29 with a heavy artillery bombardment. This bombardment at the Tân Sơn Nhứt Airport killed the last two American servicemen to die in Vietnam, Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge. By the next day, North Vietnamese troops raised their flag over the South Vietnamese presidential palace.

And that, sadly, was that.

  • 58,200 US Troops killed.
  • 1,629 US Troops still MIA.
  • 280,000 Allies and South Vietnamese Troops killed.
  • 1,100,000 North Vietnamese and Việt Cộng killed.
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