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Toby Crowther

Collaged research gave a real understanding of the situation in Saigon on 30th April 1975. This was the culmination of 20 years of civil unrest in South Vietnam. It was anarchy, the US were simply GONE after years of conflict, ruining the nation just to prove western dominance

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Vietnam War-Then and Now

SAIGON 1968- BUNKER 051 LOCATION -TET ATTACK Tan Son Nhut Air Base on 31 Jan 1968, Bunker 051 at Tan Son Nhut, heroically defended by men from the 377th Security Police Squadron, USAF “Between December 2nd and the 5th, 1966, members of the 377th clashed with Communist forces more than once. Security Police suffered three killed*(1), but killed 28 and captured four of the enemy force. However, for the Communists, Tet 1968 would be their most ambitious assault against U.S. Forces at Tan Son Nhut Air Base--and the most deadly for both sides.” “O-51 Bunker badly damaged. On the morning of January 31, 1968, Bunker O51 (Oh-Five-One) was manned by five Security Police NCOs: Sgt Louis Fischer led the fire-team of Sgt William J. Cyr, Sgt Charles E. Hebron, Sgt Roger B. Mills, and Sgt Alonzo J. Coggins. Heavily armed, they manned the old French bunker at the west end of the main runway at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.” “At about 0320 hours, Bunker O51 was struck by an intensive barrage of mortar, artillery, and rocket fire in preparation for a massive ground assault by 1,500 North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong guerrillas against the giant Air Base.” “Then” photo notes: December 27, 1969 photo of re-built Bunker 051 “Now” photo notes: There has been much conjecture about the exact location. Two years ago, Glenn Hines a military historian and myself did overlays of period maps with modern maps and confirmed the exact location of Bunker 051. I subsequently made a trip to the location and gained access to the property, photo documenting the location. It is no longer accessible. I have been back many times since and it is impossible to access due to construction security. Location: 10°48'26.3"N 106°38'07.9"E “Then” photo by Pat Houseworth 1969 “Now” photo by Paul Blizard, January 2017 #fallofsaigon

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Vietnam War-Then and Now

SAIGON 1970 -A DAILY SIGHT FOR US MILITARY ENTERING TAN SON NHUT AIRBASE- Pigneau de Béhaine mausoleum, a stones throw from the Tan Son Nhut Airbase main gate (left of the mausoleum) “Then” Photo note: Pigneau de Béhaine was a revered Catholic Priest, born in France, served and died in Vietnam. Title: Roman Catholic Diocese of Qui Nhơn -Born: November 2, 1741, Origny-en-Thiérache, France, Died: October 9, 1799, Vietnam “Now” Photo note: After 1975 Pigneau de Béhaine’s remains were disinterred and sent back to France. The Mousolem was demolished Location: 10°48'03.6"N 106°39'38.5"E - Lăng Cha Cả roundabout, Thăng Long Street, Tân Bình District “Then” photo source: Saigoneer-photographer unknown “Now” photo by Paul Blizard May 1, 2019 #fallofsaigon

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Vietnam War-Then and Now

SAIGON September 1967-- MEETING IN THE RAIN- The Chief of South Vietnam’s National Police, Brig. Gen Nguyen Ngoc Loan, (who later was the shooter in the famous “Saigon execution” photo) stands in the park outside the presidential palace in Saigon with militant Buddhist leader Thich Tri Quang, who was staging an anti-government protest vigil. He was not arresting him but inviting Quang inside to escape the deluge of one of the worst monsoon storms of the year. Note about the “Now” photo: I studied several photos of the protest location and the trees in the park. I actually made two visits to make sure I was correct. The large tree in the foreground is the actual tree where they were standing. Over the fifty one years, many other trees have been planted including the smaller tree just behind the large tree. BTW Buddhist monk Thich Tri Quang is still alive and is 95 years old. Location: 10°46'42.0"N 106°41'46.8"E “Then” photo Bettmann-LIFE Magazine “Now” photo by Paul Blizard taken March 7, 2018 #fallofsaigon

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