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The Fall of Saigon On one humid morning of April 30 1975 at 1051 a m a tank crashed in to the gate of the presidential palace in Saigon In just a few mimites South Vietnam would surrender and the Vietnam War would be over But the only thing that would be over would be the gun fire The fight would still go on for many years In some years later Saigon would be called Ho Chi Minh City Being lost The tanks from the 203rd Tank Regiment met little resistance as they made their way toward the city and the North Vietnamese troops noticed the roadsides were littered with uniforms of fleeing South Vietnamese soldiers We knew those who we found wearing only underpants and undershirts were soldiers they said smiling They hadnt had enough time to put on civilians clothes Thats true said Le Thanh Chon a former pilot in the North Vietnamese air force who tagged along with the tanks that day I was driving a US Army Jeep it was abandoned I was so lost I had to ask a little girl for directions How did it fall All important city gates were open and with South Vietnamese under Martial Law people were still running out of their homes and trying to leave there cites The voices of crying children who lost their parents were all around you Sigon was hit in 1051 am in the morning by North Vietnam had entered the country of South Vietnam in the city knows now as Ho Chi Mien City They entered through the gates of the emperors palace the front gates were gone in about two minuets The first tank tried to
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