CIA Office in Saigon
One of several evacuations by helicopter from 22 Gia Long Street on 29 April, 1975. Photographed by Hubert van Es, working for UPI.
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 last chaotic 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.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.
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.