This collection comprises 43 photographs taken of Vietnamese refugees and their living areas at the San Onofre camp within
Camp Pendleton, California in 1975. The photographs, taken by former South Vietnamese Air Force Lieutenant and pilot trainee
Tran qui Hung on behalf of former U.S. Marine Corps Captain John A. Scire, feature images of families, children, and general
John A. Scire, PhD., MBA, was U.S. Marine Corps Captain at Camp Pendleton, California in 1975 when tens of thousands of Vietnamese
and Cambodian refugees were airlifted to the United States. Scire was tasked with preparing the San Onofre camp for the first
wave of refugees, including removing hundreds of Marine Corps infantry trainees from the camp's Quonset huts, setting up cots,
as well as coordinating with the Red Cross and other non-governmental charitable organizations to process refugee requests
for assistance and relocation to cities across the United States. He was also responsible for reopening an old dining facility
(mess hall) to provide food to the refugees.
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