Last U.S. troops leave Vietnam today
After decade of Last U.S. troops leave Vietnam today From New York Times and AP Dispatches SAIGON The U.S. command will officially officially end more than a decade of military military intervention in Vietnam today, furling its colors and sending its last 2,500 men homeward or to other bases in Southeast Asia. The United States failed in llth-hour llth-hour llth-hour secret negotiations with Hanoi to keep alive the four-nation four-nation four-nation Joint Military Commission and prolong the American military presence, the North Vietnamese reported. Under the cease-fire cease-fire cease-fire agreement, the JMC was to last only 60 days. Now a two-party two-party two-party joint military commission composed of Saigon and Viet Cong representatives appears ready to begin holding meetings. A large-scale large-scale large-scale prisoner exchange arranged arranged between the Saigon government and the Communists, involving some 27,000 men in government captivity and almost 5,000 'in Communist hands, has inter vention promised to press for an extension of the JMC in return for a guarantee that Canada would remain as a member of the International Commission of Control and Supervision. Only hours before the negotiations collapsed, Canada had announced announced a decision to stay on the supervisory supervisory commission for an additional 60 days and had urged "greater cooperation" cooperation" among the four member nations: Indonesia, Hungary, Poland and Canada. The Canadians had coupled their willingness willingness to continue to serve on the peacekeeping peacekeeping force with the proviso that they would back out if the cease-fire cease-fire cease-fire proved impossible to enforce. The last American troops were leaving Vietnam virtually around the clock. Planes took off from Saigon's Tan Son Nhut Air Base from midnight on. The last flight was due out by dusk today, ending ending the role of the U.S. command, which pating in the fighting, nearly 46,000 had died on Vietnam battlefields. The "Pentagon East" military headquarters headquarters at Tan Son Nhut Air Base will be taken over by the Defense Attache Office Office under the U.S. embassy. It will have a staff of 50 military attaches and 1,200 civilians. The only other U.S. troops that will remain in Vietnam are 159 Marine guards at the U.S. embassy. Gray's use of files called 'rather generous' PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) Atty. Gen. Richard G. Kleindicnst said yesterday that Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray III has been "rather generous" with the files in the Watergate case, but he is still confident Gray will be confirmed as permanent permanent director.