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Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 15:00 GMT
Clinton's Vietnam visit
Hanoi gets ready for Clinton's visit
As President Clinton tells the Vietnamese that he hopes "a painful past can be redeemed in a peaceful and prosperous future," BBC News Online presents coverage of the president's historic visit plus archive reports from the war.


The President reaches out to well-wishers
The President reaches out to well-wishers

Enthusiastic crowds mob President Clinton in Ho Chi Minh City - formerly the South Vietnamese capital Saigon. Twenty five years ago US troops pulled out of the city in one of America's most humiliating military withdrawals.







Bill Clinton pays respects to a Vietnamese Honor Guard
Bill Clinton pays respects to a Vietnamese Honor Guard

A tearful President Clinton pledges to "bring every possible fallen hero home" on a visit to a site where a US plane crashed during the Vietnam war.












President Clinton under the watchful eyes of Ho Chi Minh
President Clinton under the watchful eyes of Ho Chi Minh

President Clinton recalls the intertwined histories of the US and Vietnam before an audience at the University of Hanoi.










Vietnam has been transformed since the end of the war
Vietnam has been transformed since the end of the war

The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones reports as Hanoi awaits the Clinton visit.











Phan Thi Kim Phuc flees after a misdirected aerial napalm attack on a suspected Viet Cong hiding place
Phan Thi Kim Phuc flees after a misdirected aerial napalm attack on a suspected Viet Cong hiding place

From the BBC's archive: Three reports by Brian Barron on the defeat of South Vietnam.

Here, he boards a helicopter gunship to see the terror of the refugees, March 1975.










US helicopters in Vietnam
US helicopters in Vietnam

Last man out: "The Americans left their evacuation dangerously late."










An American F-105 warplane is shot down
An American F-105 warplane is shot down

The fall of Saigon: the victorious North Vietnamese troops over-run the capital, a report from 30 April 1975.









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