THE EXODUS: Turning Off the Last Lights

The black bus, its windows wire-meshed to ward off rocks and grenades, rolled through the gate into Tan Son Nhut Air base on the edge of Saigon. Special police and South Vietnamese air force guards—ordinarily sticklers for formality—barely glanced up as they waved the vehicle on. Among the mixed load of American and Vietnamese passengers was Howard Hagen, an aircraft technician from Odessa, Texas, and more recently from Danang, South Viet Nam. "I just wish it hadn't turned out this way," said Hagen. "I'm leaving with...

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