‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Comes to PBS



Last Days in Vietnam is the Academy Award-nominated documentary by filmmaker Rory Kennedy about the United States evacuation from South Vietnam in April 1975. The film has been available on DVD and Digital for a few months now, but PBS is broadcasting the film this month in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the operation.


5,000 United States citizens were still in Saigon only 24 hours before the city fell to the North Vietnamese army. The film tells the story of their evacuation and the stories of a few Americans who decided to help our Vietnamese allies to escape persecution and possible death under the incoming regime. Over 135,000 South Vietnamese citizens managed to escape with American assistance. Kennedy talks to Americans who served and also to Vietnamese men and women who became American citizens after getting a chance to immigrate after the war.

Enter you zip code at the top of this page to find out when the film is showing in your area and you can watch Chapter 1 of the documentary below:

  • HooahJuice

    Great documentary

  • Dick Lancaster

    The last day of the war in Southeast Asia occurred 2 weeks after Frequent Wind. The “Mayaguez Incident” claimed the lives of 41 service men, resulted in the award of 4 Air Force Crosses in a single days’ action and left 3 Marines on a Cambodian island to be the first victims of “the Killing Fields.”

  • Howard Meinert

    The plane in the picture above was mine at the embassy in Saigon that day. That picture was also in Rolling Stone Magazine