From the Usual USAF Source:
Anniversary of US Pullout from Vietnam Forty years ago, on March 29, 1973, the last US ground troops withdrew from Vietnam, marking the end of direct US involvement in the Vietnam War. President Nixon addressed the nation that day, saying: “For the first time in 12 years, no American military forces are in Vietnam. All of our American POWs are on their way home.” The withdrawal came two months after the United States, South Vietnam, and North Vietnam concluded the Paris peace accords. They failed to bring peace as Saigon would ultimately fall on April 30, 1975, to North Vietnamese communist forces, ending the long conflict. (C-Span webpage with video of Nixon’s address.)
For a selection of Air Force Magazine articles over the years on the Vietnam War, see:
We were in Vietnam for 12 years… from 1961 until 1973. One of my very first… mayhap even THE first… war stories revolves around our involvement there and my relationship with the war. It’s September, 1963 and I’m in the end-game o’ basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, part o’ said end-game being spending a couple o’ days on the obstacle course, or whatever they call it now. My flight was taking a smoke break after spending a couple o’ hours running through mud, walking across logs, and climbing vertical obstacles when this fat Staff Sergeant TI (that would be Training Instructor, for you non-mil types) started barking at us. He said something that IMMEDIATELY caught our attention, to the effect o’…
“You Ladies better gotdamned well pay ATTENTION to what we’re teaching you here, coz you’ll NEED it when we send yer asses to Veet-Nam!”
“Veet-Nam?” sez one of my fellow airmen… not me… “What’s Veet-Nam?”
“We’re fightin’ a WAR there, Boy! So pay attention!”
We all looked at one another and silently mouthed “war?” What war? Who knew? The answer is that in 1963 damned few people in these United States knew we were at war in Vietnam but we… the members of my flight and the nation as a whole… would find out soon enough.
Cross-posted at EIP.