This Week in Veteran Historyby Michael Patrick Brewer on Apr. 03, 2010, under Politics, Veteran Pals, Veterans Global
On March 29th, 1973 the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam. It took the lives of over 58, 2oo men. Some say nearly 110,000 thousand committed suicide after the war.
It was Richard Nixon who pursued the policy of drawing down forces starting as far back as 1969, with the intent of building up the South Vietnamese forces. The program was called Vietnamization. It hit some snags early on, but the Vietamese forces were able to hold their own because of our intense air and naval support.
In 1972 Nixon ordered B-52′s to bomb the North Vietnamese in hope of bringing them to a peace agreement. Wild eh? Bomb for peace! Sound familiar? After 35,ooo tons of bombs were dropped on the North. a peace agreement was reached in January of 1973. However the fighting continued for another two years.
I cannot imagine serving in Vietnam in those last years. The morale must have been horrible.
Have we learned anything from the Vietnam War?