Although it is now a year since the last American soldier left South Vietnam, the United States is still heavily involved is supporting the South Vietnamese regime of President Thieu.
GVs EXTERIORS U.S. Embassy in Saigon (2 shots)
SV Sign: "Phi-Trang Instrument Laboratory"
SCU INTERIOR of above laboratory with American instructing Vietnamese operators
CU Control panel PAN TO operator with American instructor
SV American instructs Vietnamese at computer printout
SV EXTERIOR Sign "Pacific Architects and Engineers
SV INTERIOR of above American manager with Vietnamese draughtswoman AND CU draughtswoman at work (2 shots)
SV EXTERIOR BUILDING SITE: Same manager with other Americans watching construction work
GV Machine erects pole on same site
SV EXTERIOR SIGN "Rotor Blade Repair, Parsons of California Republic of Vietnam"
GV INTERIOR of above plant; Vietnamese repairing helicopter rotor-blades super-vised by American technicians (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Children's hospital with American women talking to wounded Vietnamese children (5 shots)
GV & CU EXTERIOR Sign "The American Legion, Saigon Post Number 34" (2)
SV & PAN INTERIOR Bar of above (3)
SV EXTERIOR Group of Americans drinking
SV & PAN American water-skier
Initials SC/1727 SC/1816
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Background: Although it is now a year since the last American soldier left South Vietnam, the United States is still heavily involved is supporting the South Vietnamese regime of President Thieu.
American Press Reports say that 5,000 Americans now work there for the American military and other U.S. Government agencies.
This task force includes 2,800 civilians from private American companies on contract to the Defence Department, who perform such jobs as repairing crippled aircraft for the South Vietnamese Air Force, training Vietnamese mechanics, maintaining heavy construction equipment left behind by U.S. troops and running computer systems for the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) and the national police.
To pay the bill, the U.S. Congress budgeted 813 million U.S. Dollars this year including 276 million U.S. Dollars for artillery shells, small arms and other ammunition. Congress is currently discussing allocating a further 3,000 million U.S. Dollars for what it calls "economic assistance" for South Vietnam, the Khmer Republic and Laos.
But not all the remnants of America's involvement in the aftermath of its military presence in Vietnam contribute to the war effort. An organisation calling itself "The American Women's Association of Saigon" spends a lot of time helping in hospitals -- especially with sick and wounded children.
Moreover, the 5,000 Americans still in South Vietnam enjoy a full social life. This includes their own social clubs, golf ad water-skiing.