Cover Story: The Last Bombing Show: Marine Air Group 12

The last U.S. unit still engaged in combat in Viet Nam when the cease-fire came was Marine Air Group 12—two squadrons of Sky hawk fighter-bombers flying out of Bien Hoa, 14 miles northeast of Saigon. TIME Saigon Bureau Chief Gavin Scott visited the squadron on its final day in action. His report:

COLONEL DEAN MACHO, veteran Marine flyer and crew-cut C.O. of Air Group 12 greeted the final day of the war with a farewell bombing sortie over the Mekong Delta. Whistling off into the hot pink dawn with three other A-4 Skyhawks, Macho made radio contact with a Vietnamese forward...

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