Last week, we were honored to have ARVN veteran Chieu Le come and tell his story of where he was during the Fall of Saigon. Chieu was a 25-year-old helicopter pilot in 1975, and he wasn’t expecting to have to flee Vietnam—he was expecting to fight. Listen to his story.

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Music: Up by Alistair Sung via

Video by Ellie DePastino