Thirty-eight United States citizens and their dependents were flown out of Vietnam to Bangkok on Sunday (1 August).
Thirty-eight United States citizens and their dependents were flown out of Vietnam to Bangkok on Sunday (1 August). The U.S. Government had been seeking their release since the communist takeover of South Vietnam last year.
SYNOPSIS: In 1974, about 5,000 Americans were working on projects financed by the U.S. government. A year before, a peace treaty was signed and the Americans withdrew their armed forces. Most of those who remained were civilians working on U.S. government projects aimed at supporting the rule of President Thieu. Most were evacuated before the fall of Saigon, now renamed Ho Chi Minh City, but a few remained behind.
Many of the projects directly supported the South Vietnamese military effort. This factory repaired rotor blades for helicopters. The work was done by Vietnamese technicians under U.S. supervision.
The evacuees were flown into Bangkok following a decree from the communist Vietnamese government. It is the first time that Vietnam has issued blanket permission for all Americans wanting to leave the country. Some however, said they were forced to leave.