On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam, a full two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, bringing a close to one of America’s most divisive and heartbreaking chapters
“[R]epresentatives of the United States, North and South Vietnam, and the Vietcong signed [the] peace agreement in Paris,” the History Channel notes on its website.
“Its key provisions included a cease-fire throughout Vietnam, the withdrawal of U.S. forces, the release of prisoners of war, and the reunification of North and South Vietnam through peaceful means,” the report adds. “The South Vietnamese government was to remain in place until new elections were held, and North Vietnamese forces in the South were not to advance further nor be reinforced.”
Of course, as we know now, the “peace” agreement didn’t hold.
“Even before the last American troops departed on March 29, the communists violated the cease-fire, and by early 1974 full-scale war had resumed,” the History Chanel claims.
“At the end of 1974, South Vietnamese authorities reported that 80,000 of their soldiers and civilians had been killed in fighting during the year, making it the most costly of the Vietnam War,” it adds.
As we pause to remember all the good men, women and children who were touched by this terrible conflict, and as we prepare for the New Year weekend, I thought to share these 25 stunning photos from the conflict in Vietnam:
25. Chopper Down
22. The Strain
Regretfully, Sgt. Fink was killed three years later. Here is the data from the virtual wall:
Philip Rush FinkMilitary Data Length Service 20 Unit A Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, USARVCasualty Data Start Tour 13 December 1967 Casualty Date 13 August 1968 Age at Loss 41 based on date declared dead Location , South Vietnam Remains Body recovered Casualty Type Hostile, died of wounds Casualty Reason Ground casualty Casualty Detail Other explosive device
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Paul Dillon Subordinate I served, with Top, Sergeant P. R. Fink, while he was a member, of the 101st, Airborne Division, 501st, Infantry, Echo, Company. I was a member, of the 2nd, Platoon, 1st, Squad. Sgt., Fink was, our First Sergeant, in 1963. I remember him, as small in stature, but large, in spirit and everything else. He kept us, on our toes, trained us well and I feel proud, to have served under him. He had my utmost respect, in 1963 and has even more respect now, that I have learned, that he gave his life, for his Country in Vietnam. Paul D. Dillon, RA18612741.
21. Flushing Out Guerrillas
20. War Birds
18. War Is All Hell
This article was originally published on “Theblaze dot com” on March 29, 2013 by Becket Adams. Follow Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) on Twitter
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