Reporting Vietnam: Fall of Saigon

On April 30, 1975, the city of Saigon fell to North Vietnamese forces, ending the Vietnam War.

Americans sat transfixed at the chaotic scenes on their television screens as thousands of desperate South Vietnamese and American personnel evacuated the city that would soon be under communist control. Days of rocket attacks had heavily damaged runways at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, forcing evacuees to escape the country by helicopters, some of which landed inside the U.S. Embassy compound. The frantic airlift stranded hundreds of South Vietnamese hoping to escape and became a lasting symbol of the end of a war that created deep divisions among the American people.

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“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

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Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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