April 30th marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. On that day in 1975, Vietnamese Communist forces captured the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, signaling the end of decades of warfare that tore apart the country.
There have a been a number of television specials, events and news stories coming out this week commemorating the Fall of Saigon and discussing the Vietnam War. We ran across a few interesting items we wanted to share.
Below are links to three recordings you can listen to online. Each of these recordings shares stories of the Vietnam War as told by Vietnam Veterans. There is also a fourth link below those military stories which goes to website sharing some of the most well-known Vietnam War photographs taken by Associated Press photographers.
“We Were Good Soldiers”: War Stories from Nebraska Vietnam Veterans - "It’s been 40 years since the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam war, but memories are still strong for those who served during that time, including some of Nebraska’s more than 40,000 Vietnam-era veterans."
This online recording from KVNO News in Nebraska shares the personal stories of six Vietnam War Veterans.
Story Corps Vietnam - Two recordings of first-hand experiences of Vietnam War Vets shared by WPSU. Hear Terry Nau's story here. Nau is the author of the memoir “Reluctant Soldier, Proud Veteran.” Al Turgeon flew helicopters during a tour in Vietnam. Here's his Story Corps story.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, an exhibition by the Associated Press showcases some of its most striking images taken by photographers embedded with US troops fighting the Communist Viet Cong. - BBC
View the iconic Vietnam War photos.
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