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The End of America's Longest War

U.S. participation in the Vietnam conflict formally ended in January 1973 when representatives of the belligerent nations signed an accord in Paris. The agreement freed 138 Navy PoWS. Also as part of that accord, the U.S. Navy mounted operation End Sweep to clear sea mines from North Vietnam's ports and rivers. While not involving American ground troops, fighting continued in Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam. Communist forces conquered those countries in the spring of 1975, compelling the U.S. Seventh Fleet to evacuate remaining Americans and allied Indochinese from the region.

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