Other Notable Deaths


April 27, 2009


'Last American in Vietnam'

Frederick Gulden, an architect who was dubbed "the last American in Vietnam" when he was stranded in the country for 15 months after the U.S. military withdrew at the close of the Vietnam War, died of complications from esophageal cancer April 4.

Mr. Gulden had established a Saigon office for the architectural firm DeLeuw Cather International in 1972. In 1975, when he got word that the South Vietnamese government's collapse was imminent, he tried to evacuate the firm's Vietnamese employees. He put most of the employees on barges to be evacuated by river. He and several others were to be flown out, but when he arrived at the American Embassy on April 30, the last flight had just left.

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