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11/08/1972 The last US ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam

The last U.S. ground combat unit in South Vietnam, the Third Battalion, Twenty-First Infantry, departed 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.


  • Essentials 

  • Early history 

  • First Indochina War 

  • Republic of Vietnam Air Force use 

  • United States military use 

  • Capture of Da Nang Air Base