The VC, reinforced by arriving North Vietnamese troops, began to rapidly spread north and south along the coast. I would love to hear from you about the journey and the era of that time.
In the early morning hours of 30 April, the last U.
The signal, to be broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, was ""The temperature in Saigon is degrees and rising," followed by the playing of "White Christmas. These evacuation operations, as well as those that occurred in previous days which resulted in more than 40, people being evacuated, occurred in an orderly and efficient manner.
In response to a plea from Admiral Whitmire, a message from President Ford ordered the pilots to fly one more mission. South Vietnam capitulated shortly after. Marine Corps HQMC shortly after, reported that not a single retaliatory round was fired by Marines during the evacuation.
Shortly after, Option 4, the helicopter evacuation, was announced. This was their home for the next four days.
Someone had painted a red huey for each landed helo, and a red chinook on the side of their helo hanger! I seem to recall we were one of the first ships on the scene along with Kirk De Not absolutely sure about it being Kirkand a few freighters or some civilian ships to receive the evacuees.
It was chaotic and crazy.
The final phase of the evacuation was code-named Operation Frequent Wind. We asked the lieutenant, and he told us to lock and load. Thank you very much. President Duong Van Minh, who had succeeded Huong two days earlier, surrendered.
Thompson-Bowers rushed to the scene and found the crater where the rocket had hit. During the evacuation of Da Nang we were sent to catch the U. Marines are known for their aggression in combat.Operation Frequent Wind, the final noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) of American civilians and “at risk” South Vietnamese associated with the regime.
"Operation Frequent Wind" Helicopter on the roof of the Pittman apartments in Saigon. (8,+ US and Vietnamese persons were airlifted to ships offshore).
Chaos at sea: With the close of the Vietnam War, Operation Frequent Wind evacuated 7, people at the cost of several aircraft.
In 5½ hours about helicopter sorties evacuated Americans and 4, refugees from the DAO during Operation Frequent Wind, the final day’s evacuations.
These evacuation operations, as well as those that occurred in previous days which resulted in more than 40, people being evacuated, occurred in an orderly and efficient manner.
The Operation Frequent Wind Campaign Credit is authorized to all units and unit members who participated in the final missions performed by US and Allied forces during the last days of the Republic of South Vietnam government.
Operation Frequent Wind was the largest helicopter evacuation in history. It was a continuous operation from hours on April 29, lasting through the night and morning of April 30, until about hours. Approximately 7, people were rescued and the operation was an overwhelming.Download