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Last Days In Vietnam

April 19, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.

Collins Center for the Arts

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Last Days in Vietnam During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried that their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese.

With the clock ticking and the city under fire, American officers on the ground found themselves faced with a moral dilemma: whether to follow official policy and evacuate U.S. citizens and their dependents only, or to ignore their orders and save Vietnamese men, women and children. At the risk of their careers and possible courts-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible.

Many were sneaked aboard outbound U.S. cargo flights to the Philippines. Thousands of South Vietnamese escaped during an 18-hour airlift from the U.S. Embassy compound in Saigon, and one U.S. intelligence analyst ran his own underground railroad of evacuees to barges on the Saigon River.

Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion of the documentary.