The World: Bitter Debate on Who Got Out

While the Communists embarked on a new phase of Vietnamese history, the Americans who left Viet Nam were carrying on a bitter debate about their final hours in Saigon. At issue was Operation Frequent Wind, the massive effort to get U.S. diplomats, businessmen and journalists, along with many of their Vietnamese employees, out of the country in the days and hours before the Communist tanks moved into Saigon.

Luckily, the entire program resulted in very few casualties. Two Marines were killed in the Communist rocket attack on Tan Son Nhut Airport, and last week it was learned that their bodies had been...