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The Fall of Saigon was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN)
and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (also known as the Viet Cong) on 30 April 1975.
On April 9, PAVN forces reached Xuân Luc, the last line of defense before Saigon,
On April 20 despite heavy losses, PAVN finally overran Xuân Luc leaving North Vietnamese front line just 26 miles (42 km) from downtown Saigon.
On the American side, reports came in from the outskirts of the city that the PAVN were closing in.
At 10:48 a.m., US Ambassador Graham Martin relayed to Kissinger his desire to activate ‘the FREQUENT WIND’ evacuation plan;
Kissinger gave the order three minutes later.
The American radio station began regular play of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas,’ the signal for American personnel to move immediately to the evacuation points.
Under this plan, CH-53 and CH-46 helicopters were used to evacuate Americans and friendly Vietnamese to ships, including the Seventh Fleet, in the South China Sea.
PAVN had occupied the important points of the city and raised their flag over the South Vietnamese presidential palace.
The event marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a transition period to the formal reunification of Vietnam under the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.