22 gia long street

from fall of saigon, vietnam war posted in history


22 gia long street
22 ly tu trong
1, vietnam

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On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese forces entered Saigon while U.S. government forces were evacuated.

Dutch photographer Hubert van Es, working for UPI, captured a defining image of that distinct point in the conflict, as Americans crowded the roof of this building to evacuate by helicopter.

As with the city's name (Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City), the street name was also changed to Lý Tự Trọng Street, in honor of a 17-year-old communist executed by the French. Today, the building still stands, but the roof is off-limits.

photo: Hubert van Es/UPI