THIS GIVES NEW MEANING TO BOOTS ON THE GROUND…

April 30, 1975. Combat boots litter the road on the outskirts of Saigon, abandoned by ARVN soldiers who shed their uniforms to hide their status.

“I’ll never forget the shoes and the loud ‘thump, thump, thump’ sound as we drove over them,” recalled the photographer. “Decades of war were over and we finally had peace.”

Image: Duong Thanh Phong/Another Vietnam/National Geographic Books

Special thanks to Michael Mullins for providing this image and text!

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