This Day in History

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

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
Last Troops in South Vietnam 1973

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.

In image, U.S. flag is furled at a ceremony marking official deactivation of the Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV) in Saigon.