This week's withdrawal of the last South Korean Marines has left only 40-thousand South Korean forces serving in Vietnam.
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Background: This week's withdrawal of the last South Korean Marines has left only 40-thousand South Korean forces serving in Vietnam.
The last fifteen hundred of the ten-thousand strong Marine brigade sailed for home from Da Nang on Thursday (24 Feb) aboard an American troopship.
South Korean officials have made it clear they would like to withdraw all their remaining troops as soon as possible. But the South Vietnamese Government would like them to stay at least until next year.
SYNOPSIS: A farewell in South Vietnam for the last South Korean Marines to be withdrawn from the war zone. The Marines - fifteen hundred of them - were the last of a ten-thousand strong brigade which has been serving in South Vietnam for several years. Their departure leaves on 40-thousand other South Korean troops still serving in the Vietnam war.
The farewell ceremony at Da Nang provided an opportunity for the Marines' deputy commander to present decorations to his men.
There was a traditional farewell from local villagers.
South Korea has indicated that it's anxious to withdraw all remaining troops from South Vietnam as soon as possible: they argue the troops are needed at home to bolster national defences. However, South Vietnam wants the remaining South Koreans to stay in the country at least until next year. The Marines leaving this week leave behind an impressive war record - particularly in Binh Dinh Province.