In South Vietnam, ships laden with war materials carry the last remaining traces of the U.
In South Vietnam, ships laden with war materials carry the last remaining traces of the U.S. war machine out of the country bound for the Untied States. During past weeks less than one hundred tons of equipment have been taken out of Saigon. This compared with the two-and-a-half million tons taken out since the U.S. started scaling down its involvement in 1969.
Trucks, jeeps, guns and tanks have been shipped out. The last cargo of helicopters was taken out recently. Helicopters changed the entire method of jungle warfare in South Vietnam.
The helicopter crews are also going home, as are the soldiers who have served in the final stages of the U.S. combat role. 16,000 U.S. troops have left South Vietnam since the cease-fire, and most of them passed through camp Alpha on the edge of Saigon. 8,000 U.S. troops remain and they will also pass through camp Alpha on their way home.
Those troops with extra time can enjoy a swim in a services swimming pool, or visit any of the 3 service clubs.
The U.S. withdrawal of men and equipment will be completed within the next few weeks.
SYNOPSIS: In South Vietnam, the last remaining traces of the United states war machine are being lined up, ready for shipment back to the U.S.
The South Vietnamese flag is flown as a normal courtesy by U.S. ships arriving to load the last of the war materials.
During past weeks less than one hundred tons of U.S. equipment have been taken out of Saigon's port. This compared with the two-and-a-half million tons of equipment taken out since the U.S. started scaling down its Vietnam involvement in 1969. Trucks, guns, jeeps and tanks have almost all gone. Containers carry the less war-like equipment.
This last cargo of U.S. helicopters was taken out recently. During the period of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, helicopters changed the entire method of jungle warfare. The men who flew the helicopters are also going home.
Camp Alpha, on the edge of Saigon, is where the remainder of the soldiers, who have served in the final stages of the U.S. combat role, pass through on their way home. Most of the sixteen thousand men who have left since the cease-fire went through camp Alpha.
Some of the remaining eight-thousand U.S. troops find time to relax in the services swimming pool before the final transfer home. There are also three Services clubs in Saigon where the troops can relax, perhaps savouring the thought of finally going home.