Troops of the United States 25th Infantry Division made their final withdrawal from South Vietnam with a ceremony at their base at Chu Chi on Wednesday (25th November).
Troops of the United States 25th Infantry Division made their final withdrawal from South Vietnam with a ceremony at their base at Chu Chi on Wednesday (25th November). The Division is being returned to the United States.
The troops, lined up with flags flying, were inspected by General Abrams, the American Commander in South Vietnam. Other officers attending the ceremony were General Weyand, deputy commanding general of the American Military Assistance Command in South Vietnam (MACV), and South Vietnamese Lieutenant-General Mhan.
South Vietnamese General De Cao Tri presented the unit with its ceremonial flags and issued decorations to some of the men.
Helicopters flew overhead as part of the ceremony.
The 25th Infantry Division had been in South Vietnam since 1963, but in 1965 large elements of the division arrived. The unit established its base at Chu Chi near Saigon early in 1966. Since the, the division had been engaged in operations near the South Vietnamese capital as well as in the Central Highlands.
Wednesday's withdrawal was a part of President Nixon's announced aim to reduce American troop strength in South Vietnam and turn more of the fighting effort over to the South Vietnamese forces.