It is during Ford's Presidency where we begin Peace talks and bail officially from Vietnam.
President Ford gave a speech on April 23, declaring the end of the Vietnam War and the end of all
American aid to the Saigon regime. The helicopter evacuation continued all day and night while NVA tanks reached the outskirts
of Saigon. In the early hours of April 30, the last US Marines left the embassy as hectic Vietnamese breached the embassy
perimeter and raided the place. NVA T-54 tanks moved into Saigon. The South Vietnamese resistance was light. Tank skirmishes
began as ARVN M-41 tanks attacked the heavily armored Soviet T-34 tanks. NVA troops soon dashed to capture the US embassy,
the government army garrison, the police headquarters, radio station, presidential palace, and other vital targets. The NVA
encountered greater-than expected resistance as small pockets of ARVN resistance continued. By now, the helicopter evacuations
that had saved 7,000 American and Vietnamese had ended. The presidential palace was captured and the Vietcong flag waved victoriously
over it. President Minh surrendered Saigon to the NVA colonel Bui Tin. The surrender came over the radio as Minh ordered South
Vietnamese forces to lay down their weapons. Columns of South Vietnamese troops came out of defensive positions and surrendered.
Saigon fell on April 30, 1975.