United States withdraws from Vietnam

United States withdraws from Vietnam

The United States completes the withdrawal of all its combat troops from Vietnam on this day. A decade of American military involvement in Vietnam deeply divided public opinion in the United States and claimed the lives of over 57,000 U.S. soldiers. Over 200,000 South Vietnamese soldiers perished in the conflict, and the communist death toll exceeded 1 million. In addition, some 500,000 Vietnamese civilians were killed, many as a result of the massive U.S. bombing campaign, which exceeded all the bombs dropped by both sides in World War II. After spending over $150 billion in its effort to save South Vietnam from communism, the United States finally and completely withdrew on March 29, 1973. Two years later, the war ended with the fall of South Vietnam and the unification of Vietnam under communist authority.