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On its "American Experience" series, PBS is broadcasting an episode on the fall of Saigon in 1975, symbolized by the iconic but misleading photo of Americans scrambling onto a helicopter on the roof of the US Embassy. It will be interesting to see how they handle the politically correct myth that the United States somehow "lost" the Vietnam War, given that we had removed the last American combat troops two years earlier. (How do you lose a war you're not fighting?) There were 5,000 Americans in the country at the time, some of them military men but most of them civilians. The fall of Saigon was marvelously captured by David Butler in his book of that title, which I number among the Ten Best Books about the Vietnam War. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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Posted April 25, 2015. Websites ©1997-2015 Daniel Ford. All rights reserved.