Democrats today voted to leave Iraq.
34 years ago today, the US left Vietnam.
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58,193 Americans were killed in action during the Vietnam War before the US left the country to the communists.
An estimated 250,000 Vietnamese perished at sea after the US pulled support.
The boat people:
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More than one million people became refugees after the fall of South Vietnam. Many perished, and others, upon reaching other Southeast Asian countries, discovered they could not remain permanently. The United States, Canada, and other nations accepted most of the refugees in the late 1970s and the 1980s. It was estimated that up to 25% of those who left Vietnam have perished in the stormy seas.