Evacuation of CIA station personnel by Air America on April 29, 1975. Photo: Hubert van Es / UPI

22 Gia Long Street, now 22 Lý Tự Trọng Street, is an apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, then Saigon, made famous during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. A Dutch photographer, Hubert van Es, working for UPI, captured the last chaotic days of the Vietnam War, and most people believed that it showed desperate Americans crowding on to the roof of the United States Embassy to board a helicopter.[1] The building actually was then an apartment building for the employees of the United States Agency for International Development with its top floor reserved for the Central Intelligence Agency's deputy chief of station.

The photo depicts an Air America Huey helicopter landing on the roof of the elevator shaft evacuating employees of the U. S. Government as North Vietnamese Army troops entered Saigon.[1]

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 not allowed access to the roof.

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Rooftop of 22 Gia Long Street in 2002

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The World; getting it wrong in a photo, New York Times Archive

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