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History 40 years since the end of the Vietnam war

Indian Summer

Cult Leader
Yesterday (30. April) marked the 40th anniversary for the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam war. The social and political impact this war had in the US seems remarkable.

One of the controversial claims I've heard about the war was that the military was betrayed by liberal politicians and a weak population at home who couldn't stomach war. If only they had been given more resources, they could have won the war. (This is similar to the right-wing German claim (the stab-in-the-back myth) that Germany and the Central Powers could have won WW1, but they were betrayed by their politicians and population at home.)

Just reading some Wikipedia articles on the topic, I was surprised to learn that the Saigon regime was supported with troops not only from the US, but also South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines as well as small contingents from Taiwan and Thailand.

Thoughts on the Vietnam war or its aftermath? Did any of your relatives serve in the war? Or protest against the war? Please share ...
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I remember the special meeting at my high school when they told us the war was over. (It was a boarding school.) Dead silence, and then the biggest cheer! The guy sitting ahead of me started crying, as his cousin had been killed there just a few months earlier. Other guys were saying how low their draft numbers were, and how close they had been to being drafted.

My best friend lost her 19-year old brother in the war, and another friend had lost her dad when she was a little kid after his helicopter was booby trapped in Viet Nam. She has 9 siblings.

I remember as a kid watching the news of the war on tv with the body counts, and the people running, the chaos, and the death.


My husband served in Vietnam Nam. One of the nicer stories he has is that he and his buddies built little red wagons, teeter totters, etc. for children at an orphanage in Nha Trang. He is a sheet metal worker so he mostly worked on aircraft.


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I was in college at the time, and was subject to the draft, except this was the era of the draft lottery. My number was 355, and they were only taking 1-120. This is the only lottery I ever won. I had absolutely no desire to have anything to do with the Vietnam War.