Saigon, the day the war ended

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Photojournalist Nguyen Dat shares vivid pictures taken around Saigon on April 30, 1975

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 Soldiers of the US-backed South Vietnam move from their base in Hoc Mon District in the city’s northwest to the downtown area at 9 a.m. on April 30, 1975. Photos: Nguyen Dat
The North Vietnam soldiers walk to the city downtown on Truong Minh Giang Street, which is now Le Van Sy Street, at 10 a.m. 
 By 10:30 a.m., many South Vietnam soldiers have taken off their uniform but still carry their dog tags. 
Many of the South Vietnam soldiers rush to the city center.
A South Vietnam soldier still carries guns at 10:30 a.m. “He seemed to have no idea where to go,” Dat said. 
North Vietnam soldiers on Truong Minh Giang Street at around 11 a.m. on their way to the city center. 
North Vietnam soldiers on their way to the city center.
Locals watch as North Vietnam soldiers arrive at 10 a.m. on April 30, 1975
 North Vietnam soldiers appear in large groups from 11 a.m.
A truck arrives at the gate of the Independence Palace at noon
Locals dump everything related to the South Vietnam government to the street after hearing that the North Vietnam forces have entered the city. 
A South Vietnam soldier
Many South Vietnam soldiers get rid of their uniform that morning. 
 A jeep parks in front of a dead body covered with a mattress at 12 p.m.
 On a road in Phu Nhuan District at around noon.
A tank of the South Vietnam army is left in front of what is now the Oncology Hospital on Phan Dang Luu Street. 
At 3 p.m. on what is now Hanoi Highway in Thu Duc District 
North Vietnam soldiers at the Hang Xanh intersection 
 A hat with a tag celebrating the victory of the North Vietnam army.
   
Hien Vuong Street, which is now Vo Thi Sau Street. 
 People gather around the Independence Palace at around 2 p.m. for updates.
Local boys sit on a jeep of a North Vietnam soldier. He is seeing his younger brother for the first time after 21 years. The young man sitting at the car’s front is the younger brother’s son, who joined the South Vietnam army several months earlier. 
A truck carrying North Vietnam soldiers in Thu Duc District at around 3 p.m. 
 North Vietnam soldiers have a smoke break on Hai Ba Trung Street at around 12 p.m.
Two North Vietnam soldiers try a motorbike for the first time. 
Foreign journalists on Hai Ba Trung Street at around 12 p.m. 
The Parliament House of the South Vietnam government at the far end of the street, as seen from the traffic circle in front of Ben Thanh Market. It is now the Opera House.
Children play with a tank left by South Vietnam soldiers at around 2 p.m. as two men on a motorbike (R) parade with the North Vietnam flag. 
Photographer Nguyen Dat in 1975

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