1975 in the Vietnam War
|1975 in the Vietnam War|
A VNAF UH-1H Huey loaded with Vietnamese evacuees on the deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Midway during Operation Frequent Wind, 29 April 1975.
Anti-Communist forces:South Vietnam
Kingdom of Laos
Communist forces:North Vietnam
|Casualties and losses|
|US: 161 killed 
South Vietnam: Killed
1975 marked the end of the Vietnam War. After the South Vietnamese army folded under NVA pressure the Fall of Saigon was inevitable. The US started evacuating its citizens but to not alarm the South Vietnamese they left under a number of pretexts including Operation Babylift. On April 30, 1975 Saigon fell and the Vietnam War was over.
- March 10-March 12
- March 29 Fall of DaNang.
- April 3–26
Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries (including Australia, France, and Canada) at the end of the Vietnam War. By the final American flight out of South Vietnam, over 3,300 infants and children had been evacuated, although the actual number has been variously reported.
- April 3 – September 3
- April 4
The 1975 Tan Son Nhut C-5 accident refers to the 4 April 1975 crash of Lockheed C-5A Galaxy serial number 68-0218 participating in Operation Babylift. The C-5 crashed on approach during an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. The cause was ascribed to loss of flight control due to explosive decompression and structural failure. The accident marked the second operational loss and first fatal crash for the C-5 Galaxy fleet. It is also the deadliest accident involving a U.S. military aircraft.
- April 12
- April 29
The Battle of Truong Sa was a naval battle that resulted in the capture of the South Vietnamese-held Trường Sa Islands by North Vietnamese forces on April 29, 1975. Following the reunification of Vietnam in 1976, Trường Sa became a part of Khánh Hòa Province.
Fall of Saigon
- April 29
Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge were the last two U.S. servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. They died during a rocket attack while serving with the Marine Security Guard Battalion at the US Embassy, Saigon and were providing security for the DAO Compound, adjacent to Tân Sơn Nhứt Airport, Saigon.
- April 29
Hubert van Es was a Dutch photographer and photojournalist who took the well-known photo on 29 April 1975, which shows South Vietnamese civilians scrambling to board a CIA Air America helicopter during the U.S. evacuation of Saigon.
- April 29–30
- April 30
The Fall of Saigon was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the North Vietnamese Army on April 30, 1975. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a transition period leading to the formal reunification of Vietnam under communist rule.
- May 12–15
Khmer Rouge forces seize the U.S. merchant vessel SS Mayaguez, US Marines recover the vessel and the crew is released during the Mayaguez incident, the 15 US servicemen killed and 3 missing in action during the action would be the last official casualties of the Vietnam War.
- October 30
James Lewis a CIA agent captured near Phan Rang Air Base on 16 April 1975 and 13 other US prisoners captured during the 1975 Spring Offensive were transported by a UN-chartered C-47 from Hanoi to Vientiane, Laos and then on to Bangkok, Thailand.
Year in numbers
|Armed Force||KIA||Reference||Military costs – 1975||Military costs in 2017 US$||Reference|
|South Vietnam ARVN|
|United States US Forces||161|||
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- United States, Government (2010). "Statistical information about casualties of the Vietnam War". National Archives and Records Administration. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
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