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Last Men Out by Bob Drury
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Apr 16, 12

Read in April, 2012

I’m tempted to say “bug out” but I won’t. The harrowing experiences surrounding the exit of Americans from Vietnam in the last couple of days of April 1975 were indeed spectacularly heroic. The story centers on 11 Marine Service Guards (MSGs) on duty at the U.S. Embassy. Technically they were under command of the U.S. Ambassador and his main efforts seemed at odds to what was militarily feasible in terms of evacuating thousands of American citizens and Vietnamese refugees. In the end, only two MSGs lost their lives (inexperienced “newbie’s “ just arrived on the scene). Altogether over 7,000 people were helicopter lifted out of Saigon before it was occupied by North Vietnam forces; about 300 Vietnamese left behind. They could have been “saved” as well had it not been for State Department obstinacy and interference with military efficiency.

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