Vietnam: 30th Anniversary

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

Bowling Green resident, Billy Richardson was 19 years old when he left to serve in Vietnam.

“It was for this country and their freedom.”

He says since those days are long over, he leaves the war in his past.

“I don’t stop to think about it; its just part of your life.”

On April 30, 1975, Communist tanks rolled through the gates of the Presidential Palace, the heart of the US-backed Saigon Government. The fall of Saigon was the official end to the Vietnam War.

During the decade of fighting, some three million Vietnamese and 58,000 Americans were killed. Twelve of them were Billy’s friends.

“Unless you live through it, you can’t explain it. It’s something you live with day to day.”

Billy says when he arrived back into America after serving more than a year in Vietnam, the greeting was anything but welcoming.

Billy reminds us of the sacrifices people are still making for the price of freedom.

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