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Vietnam's Last Battle: The Evacuation of Saigon

With North Vietnamese forces closing in on Saigon, the American Embassy became the last hope for people seeking evacuation. During the night of April 29-30, 1975, U.S. Navy helicopters airlifted thousands to aircraft carriers stationed in the South China Sea; hours after the evacuation ended, Communist forces took the South Vietnamese capital. Send to a Friend |

Halting North Vietnam's Tet Offensive

U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured the imperial city of Hue in February 1968, halting the North Vietnamese 'Tet Offensive' and rendering it a tactical failure. Send to a Friend |

The Tet Offensive, 48 Years Later

On Jan. 31, 1968, some 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched the Tet Offensive (named for the lunar new year holiday called Tet), a coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam. General Vo Nguyen Giap, leader of the Communist People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), planned the offensive in an attempt both to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its support of the Saigon regime. Though U.S. and South Vietnamese forces managed to hold off the Communist attacks, news coverage of the offensive (including the lengthy Battle of Hue) shocked and dismayed the American public and further eroded support for the war effort. Despite heavy casualties, North Vietnam achieved a strategic victory with the Tet Offensive, as the attacks marked a turning point in the Vietnam War and the beginning of the slow, painful American withdrawal from Southeast Asia. Send to a Friend |

Story Behind Famous Saigon Execution Photo

AP photographer Eddie Adams discussed the series of events that led to his famous Vietnam War photo taken on Feb. 1, 1968, shortly after the launch of the Tet Offensive. The photo captured South Vietnamese Colonel Nguyen Ngoc Loan's summary execution of Viet Cong death squad leader Nguyen Van Lem in a Saigon Street. Send to a Friend |

Siege of Khe Sanh and Tet Offensive

North Vietnamese Army and their Viet Cong cohorts launched attacks on American base in Khe Sanh and elsewhere in Vietnam in January 1968, beginning a bloody year of battles that did much to shape the outcome of the Vietnam War. Send to a Friend |