22 Gia Long Street

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One of several evacuations by helicopter from 22 Gia Long Street on 29 April, 1975. Photographed by Hubert van Es, working for UPI.
Rooftop of 22 Gia Long Street in 2012

22 Gia Long Street, now 22 Lý Tự Trọng Street, is an apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, then called Saigon, that became an icon of the Fall of Saigon when chosen as an assembly point for Operation Frequent Wind in 1975. A Dutch photographer, Hubert van Es, working for UPI, took a photograph that captured the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, which many people believed showed desperate Americans crowding on to the roof of the United States Embassy to board a helicopter;[1][2] the building in fact was an apartment building that housed employees of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with its top floor reserved for the Central Intelligence Agency's deputy chief of station.[3]

The photo depicts an Air America Huey helicopter landing on the roof of the elevator shaft to evacuate employees of the U.S. government as North Vietnamese Army troops entered Saigon.[2]

The current address is 22 Lý Tự Trọng Street (named after Lý Tự Trọng, a 17-year-old communist executed by the French) and visitors are allowed access to the roof by taking the elevator to the 9th floor.


  1. ^ Bradsher, Keith (15 May 2009). "Hubert Van Es, Photojournalist, Is Dead at 67". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Butterfield, Fox; Haskell, Kari (23 April 2000). "The World; Getting It Wrong in a Photo". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Es, Hubert van (29 April 2005). "Thirty Years at 300 Millimeters". The New York Times.

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Coordinates: 10°46′42″N 106°42′05″E / 10.778276°N 106.70138°E / 10.778276; 106.70138