Vietnam War Timeline: 1973 - 1975
Nixon announces a halt to all U.S. offensive action against the North
It is estimated that there is 145,000 NVA troops in South Vietnam
Peace Pact is signed in Paris. End of military draft announced
ROK Capital Division returns home to South Korea.
Major Floyd Thompson is released by North Vietnam, he was captured in March 1964
1st Aviation Brigade leaves for home and is the cut of date for the award
of the Vietnam Service medal and Campaign medal
MACV HQ is disbanded and the 18th MP Brigade leaves Saigon.
The withdrawal of all U.S. troops from South Vietnam is complete and release of
590 U.S. POW’s held by communist forces in Vietnam are completed.
U.S. Navy starts to clear mines from North Vietnamese ports and rivers.
U.S.A.F. Operations Arc Light and Freedom Deal end as U.S. officially ceases bombing
in Cambodia and thus direct U.S. military action in South East Asia ceases.
U.S. military personnel limited to 50.
Nixon resigns the Presidency. Vice President Gerald Ford becomes President
President Ford offers an amnesty to draft dodgers from the Vietnam War period.
There are still only 50 U.S. military personnel in Vietnam.
North Vietnamese politburo orders offensive to ‘Liberate’ South Vietnam by NVA cross-boarder
President Nguyen Van Thieu orders the withdrawal of ARVN forces from II Corps, central
U.S. Navy conducts Operation Eagle Pull to evacuate U.S. Embassy staff from Phnom
Cambodia falls to the Khmer Rouge
NVA begins attack on Saigon, Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr. U.S.M.C and Lance Corporal
Darwin Lodge U.S.M.C are the last U.S. military personnel killed in Vietnam, struck
by shrapnel from an NVA rocket
U.S. Navy conducts Operation Frequent Wind to evacuate all U.S. personnel and selected
South Vietnamese from the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. The final Marines
who had been sent in to help with evacuation of the Embassy are the very last to
leave South Vietnam as the NVA enter Saigon.
North Vietnamese troops enter Saigon and smash the gates of the Presidential Palace
with a tank and accept the unconditional surrender of South Vietnam.
The Vietnam War has ended after almost 20 years of continuous fighting.
Vietnam War casualties