Some of us are old enough to remember this picture. Some of us were exposed to it in our history books in school. For many this picture has come to symbolize a dark period in not only American history but Vietnamese history as well.
It is a picture taken 35 years ago today in Saigon the day before the Viet Cong entered the city and signaled the downfall of the South Vietnamese government. For those in this picture that helicopter represented life or death. Those that were not able to make out of the country were soon to become part of the statistics of the estimated 2 million people who would be killed in the wake of the American withdrawal from that country. It has been the dirty little secret that the liberals don't want you to know about, after having fought so hard to end American involvement, they claim no responsibility for the massacre that happened in it's aftermath.
Here is a nice human interest story about one of those who made it out on that helicopter.
Marvin Myers of the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance in Doraville knows Huynh and other Vietnam army vets. They remain anti-Communist and proudly pro-American, he said.
“They feel like they were steamrolled and wiped off the face of the earth,” Myers said. “There ain’t no blue dogs among them, that’s for sure.”
"Freedom has a taste, and for those who have fought for it, the taste is so sweet the protected will never know..." General George S Patton