The U.S. withdraws and leaves South Vietnam to its fate. POWs are repatriated, and the Southern capital at Saigon falls in 1975. Vietnam
is unified as the Independent Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a communist nation.
May 3-5, 1971- Mass arrest of 12,000 protestors in Washington D.C.
Dec. 17, 1971- U.S. troop levels in Vietnam fall to 156,800
April 30, 1972- Troop levels drop to 69,000
Dec. 28, 1972- N. Vietnam calls for new round of peace talks at Paris
Jan. 27, 1973- Paris Peace Accord signed; cease-fire in effect following day
March 29, 1973- Last U.S. combat troops leave Vietnam
Feb.-April 1973- U.S. POWs exchanged for N. Vietnamese prisoners
Sept. 16, 1974- Pres. Ford offers clemency for draft-dodgers and deserters
April 29-30, 1975- Fall of Saigon; U.S. evacuates personnel from embassy
April 30, 1975- S. Vietnam surrenders; two halves united as Socialist Republic