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Mission Accomplished / The Fall of Saigon

May 1, 2003
Pres. George W. Bush landed in a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast and, in a speech to the nation, declared major combat in Iraq over. The banner his staff posted on the ship read, "Mission Accomplished."
April 30, 1975
The U.S. presence in Vietnam ended as U.S. Marines and Air Force helicopters, flying from aircraft carriers offshore, begin a massive airlift, Operation Frequent Wind. In all, 682 flights went out 360 at night. 5,000 people were evacuated by helicopter from the military compound near Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport; about 2500 from the U.S. Embassy (1000 Americans total, the rest Vietnamese).
That morning, two U.S. Marines, Darwin Judge and Charles McMahon Jr., Marine security guards, were killed in a rocket attack at the airport.
They were the last Americans to die in the Vietnam War. At dawn, the last Marines guarding the U.S. embassy lifted off.