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Art work by 
Nam veteran, artist, poet, performer  and author
  Charlie Fortner


"I don't see anyone wanting to get back into Vietnam. I see a lot of people wanting to get out."
President Richard M. Nixon
On the issue 
of refugees from Vietnam 
11/30/78

 


 Photo of the 191st AHC  "The Boomerangs" in action

      The Geneva Conference of 1954
Participants: USA, USSR, UK, France, People's Republic of China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam (Viet Minh and anti-Communist delegates)

Agreements
1.
Cease fire line established along the 17th Parallel (later DMZ), with 300 -day "free movement" across line for Vietnamese pro- and anti-Communist forces. This resulted in the partition of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam. 
North Vietnam:
63,344 sq. miles
22,000,000  population
Capital city:  Hanoi

South Vietnam
66,281 sq. miles
19,300,000  population
Capital city: Saigon

2. Free elections to reunite the country in 1956.

3. Viet Minh guerrillas to evacuate Laos and Cambodia.

4. An international Supervisory Commission to enforce ceasefire; member nations of that committee were: Canada, India and Poland.

Results: During the 330-day free movement period across the 17th parallel as many as 900,000 fled the north to go south. No elections were ever held. The Communist forces did not completely leave Laos or Cambodia. 

 

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Conscientious objector available for non-combatant military service.
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