Leading ARVN officers who committed suicide in the thunder of collapse, rather than flee & accept asylum. Total suicides were estimated "at several hundreds". (According to Vietnam's Forgotten Army- Andrew Wiest, Jim Webb).
It was much worse. There was a large catholic population that had fled the north in 1954, at that time they resettled north & northeast of Saigon. But they refused to leave the country at the end.
My CO had told me to try to convince as many as possible that I had contact with to flee with us. Very few takers. They called me ‘Doitsu-San’ (the German). I told them I had left and continued to fight the communists, and they could too. They would respond that Germany & the states were culturally very close, but they could not see themselves making that transition. (Vietnam has a strong family tradition of generations tending their ancestors graves.)
ARVN Brigadier General LE VAN HUNG (1933-1975)
ARVN Brigadier General LE NGUYEN VY (1933-1975)
ARVN Major General NGUYEN KHOA NAM (1927-1975)
ARVN Brigardier General TRAN VAN HAI (1927-1975)
ARVN General PHAM VAN PHU (1927-1975)
They largely staffed the 18th infantry division, and fought the last great battle, Xuan Loc.
They earned the title “The Supermen”
2nd time in my life i saw blood in pools on the ground.