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Apr 30, 2015

40th Anniversary Of The End Of The Vietnam War

40th Anniversary Of The End Of The Vietnam War

On April 30th 1975 North Vietnamese captured the city of Saigon, effectively ending the Vietnam War after 30 years of fighting.
Four million Vietnamese people died in the conflict along with 58,000 US troops..
The effects of the war are still felt to this day, mainly due to the use of Agent Orange.

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Wounded U.S. servicemen arriving from Vietnam at Andrews Air Force Base, March 8, 1968. Vietnam marks the 40th anniversary of the capture of Saigon by North Vietnamese forces on April 30, the event that ended a war that lasted over 30 years, killing up to four million Vietnamese, the Vietnamese government said, and more than 58,000 U.S troops, the U.S. Defense Ministry has said. Vietnam refers to the event as the date of its reunification. © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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Marchers from Veterans for Peace protest the Vietnam War outside the Pentagon in Washington, October 21, 1967 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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Members of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division descend the side of Hill 742, located five miles northwest of Dak To, Vietnam, November 1967 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson listens to a tape sent by Captain Charles Robb, LBJ's son-in-law, from Vietnam, while sitting in the White House Cabinet Room © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A sign reading "Home is where you dig" hangs over a U.S. soldier's fighting bunker in Vietnam © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division assemble on top of Hill 742, located five miles northeast of Dak To, prior to moving out, November 1967 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson greets soldiers at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, October 26, 1966. Standing in the jeep with Johnson is General William Westmoreland. © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division take a break during bunker construction on Hill 530 in Vietnam, November 25, 1967. © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A U.S. Army band plays Christmas music at the Tan Nhut Airbase in Vietnam, December 1970 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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Viet Cong prisoners sit on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut Air Base under the watchful eyes of South Vietnamese military police © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A U.S. Huey Cobra firing rockets at an enemy target in Ia Drang, October 1965 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. bulldozers clear jungle growth while mechanized infantry stand guard in Dak To, Vietnam, December 1967 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A Russian-made Viet Cong PT76 tank destroyed in battle at Ben Het, March 1969 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. soldiers of 2nd squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, enter Snuol, Cambodia, May 1970 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. Army engineers during the construction of Red Devil Road, a secondary road connecting Fire Support Base Elliott to Khe Sanh, Vietnam © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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Viet Cong prisoners are escorted to a collection point by a South Vietnamese unit in September 1968 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. soldiers of 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, pass through battered walls in Hue, during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A U.S. Marine landing at Da Nang, Vietnam © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. soldiers lower a member of their reconnaissance platoon into a Viet Cong tunnel during a search and destroy mission in Vietnam © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. soldiers with the 84th Engineer Battalion land at Qui Nhon, Vietnam, date unknown © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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U.S. Army engineers building a road in the Vietnamese Delta © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A U.S. UH-1D helicopter from the 336th Aviation Company sprays a defoliation agent on a dense jungle area in the Mekong delta © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A U.S. soldier in Vietnam plays guitar during Operation Yellowstone, January 18, 1968 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A U.S. Marine tank launches flamethrower in action near Da Nang, Vietnam, 1965 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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A U.S. Army sergeant and rifleman engage enemy targets with M16 rfles in Loc Ninh, October 1967 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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The United States Coast Guard cutter Point Comfort inspects a Vietnamese fishing boat, November 8, 1965 © Handout . / Reuters/Reuters

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Tang Thi Thang baths her disabled son Doan Van Quy outside their family home in Truc Ly, in Vietnam's Quang Binh Province April 11, 2015. Doan Van Quy's father, a soldier who served on 12.7 mm anti-aircraft guns during the Vietnam war, said he lived in several areas that were contaminated by Agent Orange. Two of his sons were born with serious health problems and the family and local health officials link their illnesses to their father's exposure to Agent Orange. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Lai Van Manh smiles as he lies under a mosquito net in the family home in Tuong An village, in Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam April 9, 2015. His father Lai Van Bien, a former intelligence officer in the North Vietnamese army, said that during the Vietnam war he served in an area that was heavily contaminated by Agent Orange. Lai Van Bien and his wife now care for their two physically and mentally disabled sons whose health condition the family and local officials link to the effects of Agent Orange. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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38-year-old Doan Thi Hong Gam, who suffers from severe mental as well as physical health problems, covers herself with a blanket in an empty room in Thai Binh province, northern Vietnam April 10, 2015. Doan Thi Hong Gam spends her time in an empty room. She is kept isolated because of aggressive behaviour linked to mental health problems. Her father, who suffers from serious heath problems, served as a North Vietnamese soldier during the war and said he was exposed to Agent Orange while fighting in the central highlands. Doan Thi Hong Gama's family and health workers believe her health problems are linked to Agent Orange. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Pictures and diplomas belonging to Doan Ngoc Uyen and Le Thi Teo, both former soldiers, decorate the wall of their family house in Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam April 10, 2015. The couple's daughter Doan Thi Hong Gam suffers severe mental and physical health problems, which the family and health workers believe are linked to Agent Orange. Doan Thi Hong Gam's father, who now suffers from serious health problems, served as a North Vietnamese soldier during the war and was exposed to Agent Orange while fighting in the central highlands. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Kouy Tha-Kolar Novice poses with photos of herself as an orphan infant as she was evacuated from her native Cambodia during the last days of the Vietnam war, during anniversary event in New Jersey MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Du Hua, who made 11 attempts to escape from communist Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, poses during event commemorating 40th anniversary of Operation Babylift, in New Jersey MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Vietnamese orphans evacuated from Saigon Vietnam pose during an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of "Operation BabyLift" at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans War Memorial MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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A French journalist tries to disappear into the Cu Chi tunnel network through a hole camouflaged on the jungle floor during a guided tour near Ho Chi Minh City KHAM/REUTERS

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Vietnamese tour guide Tran Huu Chanh demonstrates how to disappear into the Cu Chi tunnel network through a hole camouflaged on the jungle floor during a guided tour near Ho Chi Minh City KHAM/REUTERS

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Flowers sit at the gravesite of U.S. Marine Corporal Charles McMahon, one of the last two U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War, at a cemetery in Woburn BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS

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Vietnamese soldiers of Liberation Force march during a military parade as part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam KHAM/REUTERS

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Female members of the Northern Guerilla Force march during a military parade as part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam KHAM/REUTERS

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Vietnamese soldiers from a commando unit gather before marching during a military parade as part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City KHAM/REUTERS

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