Soldier Guards Route 7 as Southern Vietnamese Return Home
In this December 1965 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a U.S. 1st Division soldier guards Route 7 as Vietnamese women and school children return home to the village of Xuan Dien from Ben Cat, Vietnam
Medics Carry the Body of a Dead South Vietnamese Officer
ARVN medics carry the body of a dead South Vietnamese officer from the French National Cemetery where a firefight was taking place. This action was part of what later became known as the Post-Tet Offensive of the May Offensive of 1968. 6 May 1968 - Photo by SP4 Bryan Grigsby (DASPO)
Allied Military Operations, in South Vietnam, Uncovering Enormous Cache of Weapons and Ammunition
Allied military operations in South Vietnam have uncovered caches of enough arms and stores in a recent three week period to supply a 10,000 man communist division for more than three months. Elements of the U.S. First Cavalry Division fighting 90 kilometers northwest of Saigon, just 25 kilometers from Cambodia, discovered a deep-dug 30-bunker complex crammed with 45 tons of food and ammunition. It included quantities of small arms ammunition, shells, mortar, and recoilless rifle rounds, rockets, and explosives; mostly of Communist Chinese manufacture.; South Vietnamese Rangers on operations in the Mekong Delta have seized 300 automatic weapons. These guns are believed to be of West German origin. Military authorities estimate these losses to the enemy to be the worst since the beginning of the war, with significant impact on communist ability to indicate that most communist war material is transported and infiltrated on the backs of oppressed laborers and enemy soldiers
A hooch maid was a South Vietnamese woman employed to clean the shelters and keep house for American servicemen during the Vietnam War. Photo by Carlos Rodriguez, who was with the Gun Platoon..during the years 1970-1971, Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.
Street in Vung Tau. "We were rubbing elbows with the VC (Viet Cong) and we didn't even know [it]." Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Protesters in Melbourne’s City Square Regarding Corrupt South Vietnamese Government Asylum
At the end of the Vietnam War former members of the South Vietnamese regime, long seen as corrupt, self-serving and ultimately ineffectual, fled the country en masse and sought residence in the west. Shortly afterwards, these protesters in Melbourne’s City Square made plain their feelings about those who had served the South Vietnamese Government seeking asylum in Australia.
South Vietnamese Refugees Fleeing From the North Vietnamese Army
South Vietnamese refugees fleeing from the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) being evacuated in a RAAF 36 Squadron C-130A Hercules transport aircraft in April 1975. At the end of March 1975, the Australian government provided two RAAF transport aircraft to evacuate some of the South Vietnamese civilians trapped in cities in the path of the NVA advance. In all, seven C-130s (five from the South Vietnamese Air Force) evacuated refugees from Phan Rang airport south of the city of Nha Trang, to the safer town of Can Tho, approximately 150 kilometres southwest of Saigon. This aircraft was piloted and captained by Flt Lt Brian Geoffrey Young, 36 Sqn. During the next few days, Flt Lt Young and his crew made humanitarian flights to a refugee camp at An Thoi, bringing in food, blankets, tents and other items from Saigon.
Nixon visits South Vietnam, July 30, 1969. In his first term as president, Richard Nixon promised the American public that he would reduce U.S. troop levels in Vietnam. He pursued a plan he called "Vietnamization," whereby the U.S. would gradually withdraw from the war, leaving the South Vietnamese army to shoulder the bulk of the fighting. Despite his pledge to bring American G.I.s home, American ground troop levels in Vietnam remained high and the Nixon administration expanded the war into the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia. In 1973, during Nixon's final year in office, the last U.S. combat soldiers left Vietnam, but military advisers and some Marines remained.