Operation New Arrivals

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Operation New Arrivals (April 29 – September 16, 1975) was the relocation of 130,000 Vietnamese refugees from Pacific island staging areas to the United States.

Following the South-Vietnamese evacuation during the Fall of Saigon, Operation New Life, and Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War, refugees were relocated to the United States to begin assimilation and resettlement into American society. 251 C-141 and C-130 flights and 349 commercial flights airlifted the refugees to camps around the United States.[1] These camps consisted of Camp Pendleton, California (opened April 29),[2][3] Fort Chaffee, Arkansas (opened May 2), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (opened May 4), and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania (opened May 28). The operation relocated, supported and sheltered the refugees until civilian agencies were able to resettle them.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Daniel L. Haulman (2003). "One Hundred Years of Flight: USAF Chronology of Significant Air and Space Events (1903–2002)" (PDF). Air Force History and Museums Program/Air University Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  2. ^ Vietnamese refugee camp exhibit coming to Pendleton (Orange County Register, April 7, 2010) Archived August 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Pendleton once home for 50,000 war refugees (Orange County Register, April 8, 2010) Archived July 9, 2012, at archive.today
  4. ^ "II. Operational Forces". Department of the Army Historical Summary: Fiscal Year 1975. Washington, D.C.: United States Army Center of Military History. 2000. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  5. ^ Anh, Do (April 29, 2015). "Vietnamese refugees began new lives in Camp Pendleton's 1975 'tent city'". Los Angeles Times.