August 11, 1972 : Last U.S. ground combat unit departs South Vietnam

Introduction

The last U.S. ground combat unit in South Vietnam, the Third Battalion, Twenty-First Infantry, departs for the United States. The unit had been guarding the U.S. air base at Da Nang. This left only 43,500 advisors, airmen, and support troops left in-country. This number did not include the sailors of the Seventh Fleet on station in the South China Sea or the air force personnel in Thailand and Guam.

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August 11, 1972 : Last U.S. ground combat unit departs South Vietnam

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 11, 1972 : Last U.S. ground combat unit departs South Vietnam

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  • Access Date

    November 23, 2017

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