Exhange Saigon Staircase

Exhange Saigon Staircase

In this May 12, 2009 photo, Nhan Tran looks up the staircase, in Grand Rapids, Mich., that sat on top of the U.S Embassy in Saigon in 1975. Half a world from his native Vietnam, Nhan Tran felt drawn to the stairs. "We were very lucky," said Tran, 35, who stopped recently at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to touch a piece of history that changed his life and that of his family forever. The metal staircase was used by hundreds of desperate refugees, shown in photo at upper left, in 1975 to escape Saigon in the last days of the Vietnam War. Hugh Van Es, a Dutch photojournalist who covered the Vietnam War and recorded the most famous image of the fall of Saigon in 1975, upper left, a group of people scaling a ladder to a CIA helicopter on a rooftop _ died last Friday morning, May 15, 2009 in Hong Kong, (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Rex Larsen)

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May 12, 2009 04:40:56 AM
May 24, 2009 12:41:11 PM
REX LARSEN
TheGrand Rapids Press
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