End of the Saga: The Maritime Evacuation of South Vietnam and Cambodia

End of the Saga: The Maritime Evacuation of South Vietnam and Cambodia
End of the Saga: The Maritime Evacuation of South Vietnam and Cambodia
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This publication explores, in detail and with photographs and illustrations, the April 1975 withdrawal of the American Navy and Marine Corps from Cambodia and South Vietnam (with refugees), and the aftermath in Southeast Asia.  This withdrawal showed the courage and skill of the American forces, who had to carry out large-scale and complicated evacuations despite criticism of the military by many Americans back home who had lost confidence in military and government during the protracted conflict.  Yet the American forces proved in April 1975 that they were capable of completing complex missions with successful results, and this predicted the future of the military: with appropriate training and the dedication of competent servicemembers, the armed forces were brought back to a strong and healthy state of affairs by the 1980s.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1

The Collapse in I and II Corps 7

The Final Curtain in Cambodia 13

Preparations for the Saigon Evacuation 17

The Exodus Begins 23

Refugees at Sea 29

Seaborne Evacuation from Vietnam 33

Passage to the Philippines 37

Maritime Refugees 41

Succor in the Philippines and Guam 45

The Recovery of SS Mayaguez 53

The Battle for Koh Tang 59



VNN Captain Nguyen Xuan Son, 1975 8

The Stalwart Sea Stallion 14

South Vietnamese Aircraft Descend on the Fleet 30

A Navy Nurse Hones Her Skills on Guam 48

Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) 60


Acronyms 64

The Author 65

Acknowledgements 65

Publisher’s Note 65

Suggested Reading 67


Members of the military, Veterans, historians, students, and anyone interested in the Vietnam War and specific missions and logistics of the American armed forces during this conflict may be interested in this book.

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