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American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam reveals the story of the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled.
The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese.
With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.
Through firsthand interviews with the people who were there and rare archival footage being seen, in some cases, for the first time, Last Days in Vietnam reveals the heartache and heroism of the war's final moments.
American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam will premiere on Wisconsin Public Television at 8 p.m. on April 28. Watch the preview online, or join us earlier for a free screening:
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7
Union South Marquee Theater
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1308 West Dayton Street