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On April 29th, 1975 the battle had begun, Northern Vietnamese had surrounded the city and started to lay siege to the once beautiful town of Saigon. This put the U.S in a rather awkward position, on the one hand, it was their duty at the moment to protect and defend Saigon as the last stronghold of freedom in Vietnam. But on the contrary, this was a perfect time to get out of Vietnam and let the city fall. So during this period the CIA and the American Ambassador started the evacuation of Americans and loyal American citizens. All was good until April 27th when the northern Vietnamese begun to bomb Saigon destroying the airfield and making it to where Americans could not leave Saigon. This put America into a corner because at the moment they had no way out. On the one hand they could leave their army and cut their losses, or on the contrary, they could start a daring move to save everyone that was friendly in the city and let the southern army try to keep control over their city falling into the hand of the North Vietnamese. So the Americans came up with Operation Frequent Wind, to seek to prevent as many American losses as they could. Some would say this was a coward's way out, but it was just to get as many people out as possible, to end the conflict without losing too much Western blood.
A few hours later once the last helicopter left the ground of Saigon, Vietnamese from the Northern side entered the city and took it over, May 1st, 1975, Saigon did fall into the hands of the Northern Vietnam. This was the end of the vietnam war. A war so bloody, and somewhat pointless to the American public had ended. But the American public was very divided by the fact that we had pulled out of Vietnam. Most of the public was happy about the fact that we had pulled out because it had taken too many resources, but the army was not to excited by this. According to an interview done with an army soldier about how he was sad that they had pulled out.I thought what the hell was this about? Was this for nothing? Did my friends die for nothing? Did I go through this for absolutely nothing? ( Anthony Goodrich “The Fall of Saigon”). This has an unusual meaning to the American public, did people die for nothing in a country that no one knew about? But from another American says that they don't understand the futility that we went through to get here(Otten Gerard “The fall of Saigon). This is two different opinions, one is sad, because he didn't want to pull out, and one did want to go, but we went too late for the amount of death to mean nothing.
What did this mean for America? Well, this said that shining appearance of freedom and democracy that they wanted to spread upon others had failed miserably. Not only is this the biggest upset for American, and the people of America. It's a blow to the moral, and what America stands for. It is not longer a state of invincibility, but a state of vulnerability. America was no longer the great protector of the world, but the most major failure at the moment. At the moment we were the losers. And in the end, we were too naive to see what the loss would be, and the price to pay was too huge ever to be forgotten. The lives of many did not out way the lives of the few when coming to Vietnam.
(Dougless pike, Refugee boat)
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