The following is a list of Ambassadors to South Vietnam from Establishment to the Fall of Saigon.  with the exception of the Date of Death, this information was obtained from the Department of State website at:  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/com/11341.htm

Ambassadors to South Vietnam

From Establishment to Fall of Saigon

Name

Appointment

Presentation
of
Credentials

Termination
of Mission

Date of
Death

Note

Edmund A. Gullion

1949

 

Left post
June 29, 1950

Mar 17, 1998

The post at Saigon was informed on
Feb 21, 1950, that it had been raised to Legation status to take effect as of Feb 17, 1950

Donald R. Heath

Jun 29, 1950

Oct 22, 1950

Promoted to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Oct 15, 1981

Also accredited to Cambodia and Laos; resident of Saigon

Donald R. Heath

Jun 25, 1952

Jul 11, 1952

Left post
Nov 14, 1954

Oct 15, 1981

 

General J. Lawton “Lightning Joe” Collins

Nov 1954

Jan 1955



Special appointment by President Eisenhower; more information can be obtained from a book entitled “A time for war: the United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975” by Robert D. Schulzinger or the internet can be searched and specific information re Collins can be from which was extracted from this book

G. Frederick Reinhardt

Apr 20, 1955

May 28, 1955

Left post
Feb 10, 1957

Abt Feb 24, 1971

Reaccredited when Vietnam became a republic; presented new credentials on Feb 24, 1956

Elbridge Durbrow

Mar 14, 1957

Apr 16, 1957

Left post
May 3, 1961

May 16, 1997

 

Frederick E. Nolting, Jr

Mar 15, 1961

May 10, 1961

Left post
Aug 15, 1963

Dec 14, 1989

 

Henry Cabot Lodge

Aug 1, 1963

Aug 26, 1963

Left post

Jun 28, 1964

Feb 27, 1985

 

Maxwell D. Taylor

Jul 1, 1964

Jul 14, 1964

Left post
Jul 30, 1965

Apr 19, 1985

 

Henry Cabot Lodge

Jul 31, 1965

Aug 25, 1965

Left post
Apr 25, 1967

Feb 27, 1985

 

Ellsworth Bunker

Apr 5, 1967

Apr 28, 1967

Left post
 May 11, 1973

Sep 30, 1984

 

Graham A. Martin

Jun 21, 1973

Jul 20, 1973

Left post,
Apr 29, 1975

Mar 13, 1990

 

The Embassy in Saigon was closed and all Embassy personnel evacuated on Apr 29, 1975,
just prior to the surrender of South Vietnam to North Vietnamese forces.