Looking Back: The Fall of South Vietnam (Part 8 of a Series)

 On April 29 it will be 40 years since South Vietnam fell to the Communist North Vietnamese.

During the next two weeks I will post copies of the stories I filed during those final days before Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City and tens of thousands of South Vietnamese soldiers, government officials and those who supported U.S. policies were thrown into “re-education camps” where they perished or served long sentences as forced laborers.

The Continental Palace Hotel & Lam Son Square

Today’s post tells the story of several Vietnamese orphans that I dubbed “The Lam Son Square Mob” who used to hang around the Continental Palace Hotel shining shoes and selling everything from chewing gum to cigarettes. The story is in .PDF format.

Lam Son Square Mob, Saigon orphans survive, Feb 7, 1975