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    The United States Army officially ended its active role in Vietnam on Thursday when the U.

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    The United States Army officially ended its active role in Vietnam on Thursday when the U.S. commander, General Frederick C. Weyand, covered up the military colours for the last time.

    However, the Army will continue its logistic support of U.S. forces in Vietnam until the 6,000 men who remain have left for home.

    On Friday (March 16) the United States called a halt to further withdrawals of troops until it had been given details of the last American prisoners of war still to be released by North Vietnam and the Viet Cong.

    On Friday 300 servicemen left for home, completing phase three of the withdrawal. This coincided with the release in Hanoi of 32 war prisoners which ended the third phase of the freeing of American POW's.

    The last American soldiers are due to be out of Vietnam by March 28. That is also the date by which the last 140 U.S. prisoners are due for release.

    SYNOPSIS: In a brief and simple ceremony at Military Aid Command Vietnam headquarters, Saigon on Thursday, the United States Army officially ended its role in South Vietnam.

    US Commander General Frederick Weyand arrives to perform the symbolic act of covering-up the military colours for the last time. Army logistic support will continue until the last serviceman has left for home.

    Only about six-thousand American soldiers remain in Vietnam.

    The handing over and covering-up of the flag was the official end of a chapter in the history of both the United States and Vietnam. It was in 1965 that the United States Army South Vietnam was set up when American troops were pouring into the country. Apart from combat they have given logistic support to military units from South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and the Philippines.

    On Friday, further troop withdrawals were halted until details are given of the release of the last one hundred and forty American POW's.

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