On the last day of the Vietnam War, Sgt. Juan Valdez, a Marine embassy guard, controlled crowds and ushered people fleeing in helicopters. Meanwhile, David Nguyen, a Saigon teenager, knew the embassy would be mobbed, so he and his family ran to the port, where they climbed onto a barge headed for an American ship.
Valdez was featured in, a book about America’s final hours in Vietnam. The organization honors the fallen, including Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr. and Lance Corporal Darwin L. Judge, the last two Americans killed in action.