A year or two after the fall of Saigon, as I struggled to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Injury, we NSAers who had worked together in Saigon at the end got together for dinner to share reminiscences. At the conclusion of the meal, my guys presented me with a plaque. The text reads:
Last Man Out Award
Thomas Glenn III 29 April 1975
MACV HQS Saigon Republic of South Vietnam
The fall of Saigon will always remain a monumental tragedy in U.S. history. This is to finally recognize your exceptional leadership while safely evacuating all your DODSPECREP employees and the closing down shop amid the chaos and danger of those final days.
The women and men and dependents of F46.
End of text. About the nomenclature: The presence of NSA in Vietnam was classified. Our cover was Department of Defense Special Representative, abbreviated as DODSPECREP, and our unclassified designation was F46.
That plaque and my Civilian Meritorious Medal remain today my most precious possessions.