April 29, 2005

OT: How History Gets Made [9:28 am]

A fascinating tale of how the most famous image of the fall of Saigon does not depict what most believe it shows: Thirty Years at 300 Millimeters

THIRTY years ago I was fortunate enough to take a photograph that has become perhaps the most recognizable image of the fall of Saigon - you know it, the one that is always described as showing an American helicopter evacuating people from the roof of the United States Embassy. Well, like so many things about the Vietnam War, it’s not exactly what it seems. In fact, the photo is not of the embassy at all; the helicopter was actually on the roof of an apartment building in downtown Saigon where senior Central Intelligence Agency employees were housed.

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