This Day in History

March 29, 1973: Last U.S. Troops Depart South Vietnam

Time Periods: 1961
Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
Last Troops in South Vietnam 1973

U.S. flag is furled at a ceremony marking official deactivation of the Military Assistance Command-Vietnam in Saigon. Source: Charles Harrity, AP

On March 29, 1973 the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam, ending direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.

Military advisers to the South Vietnamese Army remained, as did Marines protecting U.S. installations, and thousands of Defense Department civilians.