While the fall of Saigon happened on April 30, 1975, for various reasons U.S. President Gerald Ford declared May 7, 1975, as the date that marks the end of the Vietnam era. Exactly 20 years later, dedication ceremonies were held to mark the opening of New Jersey’s memorial in Holmdel (pictured above), which now also includes the New Jersey Vietnam Era Museum. According to the Asbury Park Press, 95 men and women of our armed forces from Monmouth County gave their lives in service to our country during the Vietnam era. The very first New Jersey soldier to fall in Vietnam was Air Force Sgt. Jose G. Abara of Long Branch, killed on February 28, 1968.
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Naughton, James M. (1975). Ford Ends ‘Vietnam Era’ and Terminates G.I. Wartime Benefits. The New York Times, May 8, 1975, P. 14.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum. Available: https://www.njvvmf.org/