Final days of America's lost war

1 May 2015

When North Vietnamese tanks rolled through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago, it signified the end of the Vietnam war. South Vietnamese refugees crowded onto US Navy vessels in their thousands and orphaned children were taken to the United States as part of "Operation Babylift". In the final hours of the evacuation, more South Vietnamese scaled the 14-foot walls of the US embassy in Saigon in the desperate hope of making it onto the Air America helicopters. In the ensuing months and years, tens of thousands of South Vietnamese took to rickety boats to flee communist rule, many of them making their way to Hong Kong.