Interview with Phan Phung Tien, 1981

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Phan Phung Tien was a member of South Vietnam’s air force during the Vietnam War. He speaks to the difficulty of getting military supplies following the Paris Agreement. He also notes that comments from American Congressmen were detrimental to their efforts, and that the resignation of President Nixon had also boosted the confidence of the North Vietnamese. He details the rapid fall of South Vietnam, from the battle of Banmethuot to the evacuations of Pleiku, Da Nang, and Saigon. Mr. Tien also describes his own evacuation and reflects on the meaning and lessons of the Vietnam War.