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U.S. Soldiers In The Vietnam War After Knowing That They Are Going Home (1975)

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I don’t think this is 1975, probably is 1973 when the Paris Peace Accords was signed and the US announced it would end military action against North Vietnam and withdraw most of the remaining troops. In 1975, it was “Get to the choppa!”

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Poor guys, their radio has a two year delay :(

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Was gonna say - not '75, regular forces were well out of country by then.

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I think it’s 1970 because I believe that’s when the 82nd airborne ( the unit in the film ) left the country.

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Regardless a war that was for nothing

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In 1975, it was “Get to the choppa!”

Whit Christmas on the radio was the signal.

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Agreed. January 1973.

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· 5 mo. ago · edited 4 mo. ago

probably is 1973 when the Paris Peace Accords was signed

Except the very last combat troops were rotated out by August 1972. Pretty sure this is early in 1970 when Nixon announced the beginning of what proved to be a swift drawdown.

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Just kids

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A few years ago, I watched Ken Burns doc about Vietnam which I cannot recommend enough. There was one gentleman who was drafted shortly after he graduated HS and remarked the ink was barely dry on his diploma when he was shipped off. That's always stuck with me.

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I have employees around the same age as these guys and (no offense meant) most of them are barely learning how to live in the regular world on their own. I cannot imagine giving them a gun and dropping them in a jungle war zone.

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MOM: We'll have soldiers at home.

Soldiers at home...

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Snatched up as a kid and sent off to war, just to return and spend the bulk remainder of your life being shunned by society.

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This was 1969. 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne was one of the first units sent home under Nixon’s Vietnamization policy. However, most soldiers with time left in their tours were simply transferred to other units in-country. Also, by this time the 3rd Brigade had lost its jump status and definitely included draftees.

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