- former name of Ho Chi Minh City: capital of former South Vietnam 1954–76.
- a former country in SE Asia that comprised Vietnam S of about 17° N latitude; a separate state 1954–75; now part of reunified Vietnam. Capital: Saigon.
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“When things started to quiet down, my mom put all of us in the car and started to drive to Saigon,” says Carina.
On April 30, 1975, American troops withdrew from Saigon as the city fell to the North Vietnamese.
A few days later, on April 30, General Duong Van Minh surrendered to the Viet Cong and the Fall of Saigon was complete.
More than a decade after she left her mother behind in Saigon, Carina returned to Vietnam to help bring her parents to America.
How could her mother have known what lay ahead as she drove her children into the heart of Saigon on April 29, 1975?
It just touched Saigon, and he was likewise seen there once.Victory
Captain Ringgold gave me his time for leaving there, and also of sailing from Saigon.Four Young Explorers
So far as its appearance goes, it might be on the Seine instead of the Saigon.Where the Strange Trails Go Down
E. Alexander Powell
There was a court of appeal at Hanoi, and another at Saigon.
There remained the emigrants, fifty or sixty of whom had spent the night in Saigon.The Clique of Gold
- the former name (until 1976) of Ho Chi Minh City
- a former republic (1955–76) occupying the S of present-day Vietnam on the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand
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Word Origin and History for saigon
southern Vietnamese city, capital of former South Vietnam, named for its river, which bears a name of uncertain origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
City in southern Vietnam; capital of South Vietnam from 1954 to 1975.
American and South Vietnamese forces were headquartered in Saigon during the Vietnam War.
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