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25 years later

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April, 28,  2000 -- Three schoolgirls make their way home in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. (Annie O'Neill, Post-Gazette)

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April, 1975 -- The evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. (The Associated Press)

As the April 30 anniversary of the fall of Saigon approaches, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will offer special reports each day examining the legacy of the Vietnam War and how it shaped the lives of people in our region.

Post-Gazette Coverage:

Photo Journal: Vietnam, 25 years later
Photographs from Vietnam by the Post-Gazette's Annie O'Neill.

April 30, 2000
Nation puts its past on view
HO CHI MINH CITY -- For a country that is said to be focused on a peaceful future, Vietnam is not reluctant to provide opportunities for tourists who want to see evidence of past wars.

'Quagmire' haunts U.S. foreign policy
WASHINGTON -- Twenty-five years after the fall of Saigon and the chaotic U.S. evacuation, memories and lessons of the U.S. experience in Vietnam remain near the surface.

Accept it, let it go, but don't forget
Fred Franks will never forget, just as none of us should, but he moved on long ago.
"With every other step I take, I'm reminded of Vietnam," Franks said.

A good day for Vietnam ... and for free enterprise
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- The fall of Saigon 25 years ago today may have been a victory for communism, but you can't keep free enterprise down entirely..

In Hanoi, traffic doesn't flow, it's a torrent
HANOI -- Thanh Tien Dinh, a 26-year-old English-speaking guide who carries a cell phone and wears a Nike cap, was puzzled as to why his American visitors had not asked the question all foreign visitors ask him here:

April 29, 2000
At least the rock 'n' roll survived
HO CHI MINH CITY -- This is the way we were. We were young and fearful because we found ourselves in a foreign city and a strange culture in a time of war.

April 28, 2000
In Vietnam, even battle-scarred matrons eager to forgive
HO CHI MINH CITY -- Twenty-five years ago, Reunification Palace was the scene of the last act in the drama of the Vietnam War.

Terry Anderson, in town for award, now at peace with his Vietnam experience
Terry Anderson calls it the most satisfying thing he's done, going back with fellow Vietnam veterans to where they were once at war but are now building schools for kids.

Agent Orange still a fact of life, death in Vietnam
HANOI -- One of the leading figures in the efforts to deal with the legacy of Agent Orange, the defoliant sprayed by U.S. planes during the Vietnam War, is a genial 72-year-old medical doctor and professor who spent much of that time dodging aerial bombardment.

From life of plenty to lifetime of battle
HANOI -- A gray-haired grandmother who spent half a century in military service was telling her American visitors about women and war: "We have a saying, 'If the enemy comes to the house, the women must fight.' "

April 27, 2000
For once, outlook is for peace, prosperity
HANOI -- As Sunday's 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon approached, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Douglass B. "Pete" Peterson was not dwelling on the past, although he, of all people, might have cause. Instead, he was looking to the future.

April 27, 2000
For once, outlook is for peace, prosperity
HANOI -- As Sunday's 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon approached, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Douglass B. "Pete" Peterson was not dwelling on the past, although he, of all people, might have cause. Instead, he was looking to the future.

MIA Office in Hanoi continues its grim work
HANOI -- In a quiet courtyard building off an otherwise ordinary street in the Ba Dinh district of this bustling capitol, a small group of Americans is doing the extraordinary unfinished business of the Vietnam War.

April 26, 2000
Not everyone could say goodbye

April 25, 2000
'In-country' only two months, Joe Marm soon became a hero
Profiles in courage -- the region's other Medal of Honor winners from the Vietnam conflict

April 24, 2000
Immigrants underscore hardship of adjustment
Former refugee now helps others

April 23, 2000
How Vietnam got to McKeesport

Remembering the fallen:

dot.gif (78 bytes)Solidiers from Western Pennsylvania who were killed in the Vietnam War
dot.gif (78 bytes)The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page

 A special Associated Press report:

dot.gif (78 bytes)The Fall of Saigon -- An interactive report from The Wire, AP's interactive news service, including:
    The American View
    The Vietnamese View
    An Analysis
    A Look Back
    A Timeline

Internet Resources:

dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam - Library of Congress
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam - CIA Factbook
dot.gif (78 bytes)Official Vietnam
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam War - Statistics
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam War Bibliography
dot.gif (78 bytes)Veterans of the Vietnam War -- Pennsylvania
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam War
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam Business Journal
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam - Consular Information
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam on Yahoo
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam Veterans Home Page
dot.gif (78 bytes)Vietnam Resources on the Web

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