Vietnam Anniversary

By  | 

The United States officially ended its involvement in the Vietnam conflict with the fall of Saigon.

Like many Vietnam vets, for Ron Noss the fall of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam conflict, but not the end of conflict in his life.

Ron says, "They called us baby killers, and people spit on us and everything else when we came back. You couldn't get a job when you first came back. People find out you were a Vietnam veteran and you couldn't get a job."

He's hoping that history does not repeat itself.

"I think old Bush is doing a heck of a job. I believe myself he just needs to bring them boys home. They've been over there too long now. It's another Vietnam starting all over again and we don't need that in this generation."

Thirty years later, and like thousands of Vietnamese that attempted to flee the country after the communist took over, Tsuy Nguye’s family was not able to until 10 years after the fall of Saigon.

Tsuy says, "It was a sad day for me and my family. We tried to get on the boat and get to America."

She left Vietnam 20 years ago and now runs a nail salon on Panama City Beach. When the Vietnam conflict ended in 1975 about two million people fled the country. It estimated that about half of them came the United States.

Orange and Santa Clara Counties in California, which at 200,000 and 100,000-plus, respectively, have the two largest Vietnamese populations outside of Vietnam.