Saturday Night, April 19

[Martindale, continued]

Saturday Night, April 19

         We had a small get-together for drinks and food at Bill Rice’s apartment, starting at 5:00 P.M. due to the 8:00 P.M. curfew. Dave Lockhart brought letters, addressed to various Americans, from either the Director or the Ambassador. Rice left and delivered those addressed to Americans in Financial ManagementOffice (ADFM). These were to all remaining Americans in ADFM, except the 5 who were to remain (Rice, Martindale, Kostamo, Combs and McClure). All, except for Phil Radcliffe had been notified already, and were planning to leave soon anyway. This letter was notifying them to leave by Tuesday, April 22nd.

         Yeomansleft on Sunday, Mary Viszneki on Monday, Carbonel on Wednesday. Jack Murphy wasdue to leave Saturday, then Sunday, but I don’t believe he left before Monday.Phil Radcliffe and his wife, Richie (Ambassador Martin’s wife’s socialsecretary), left Thursday, April 24th. We had been reduced from 18 to 5Americans in about two weeks.

Martindale, Short Intro

Thomas Kinton Martindale (1921-2000) was born in Tennessee. He flew “The Hump” in the Army Air Corps during WWII. The GI Bill helped put him through the University of Michigan and there he took a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting and secured his CPA. After some accounting jobs in the mid-west, he joined the U.S. State Department’s Agency for International Development (USAID) where he worked until retirement. He was controller in the mission in Saigon and was there as South Vietnam collapsed under the advance of the North. Martindale remained in Saigon until the last day and participated in evacuation efforts.

In following posts, I will transcribe notes about the final days, notes that he wrote for his family, notes that are now archived and of interest to more than his family alone.