Apr 24, 2015
Forty years after the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War is a distant memory to many young Americans. But to baby boomers growing up as America rebuilt war-ravaged Western Europe, saved South Korea from the North Korean Communists and sent men into outer space, Vietnam remains an open wound.
The CH-53 helicopter packed with 120 South Vietnamese and a handful of Americans lifted off a tennis court and into night sky, illuminated only by bursts of lightning northwest of Saigon and tracers from the machine-gun fire of enemy soldiers.
As Air Force Maj. John Guilmartin Jr. flew 90 miles to…
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