Guide to the John Scire Photographs of Vietnamese Refugees at Camp Pendleton MS.SEA.034

Finding aid prepared by Audra Eagle Yun
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Title: John Scire photographs of Vietnamese refugees at Camp Pendleton
Identifier/Call Number: MS.SEA.034
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 box)
Date: 1975
Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: 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 camp life.
Creator: Scire, John

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

John Scire Photographs of Vietnamese Refugees at Camp Pendleton. MS-SEA034. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
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Acquisition Information

Gift of Chi H. Do via John H. Scire, 2004.

Custodial History

The photographs were taken by former South Vietnamese Air Force Lieutenant Tran qui Hung on behalf of former U.S. Marine Corps Captain John A. Scire in 1975. Mr. Scire contacted Minhhong Do in October 2004 regarding a repository where the photographs could be donated. Minhhong Do forwarded this request to Chi H. Do, who corresponded with Scire and received the photographs in November 2004. Dr. Robert R. Jones, III (Bob Jones), former American diplomat in Saigon, referred Mr. Chi Do to Anne Frank of the Southeast Asian Archive at UC Irvine. The materials were donated to the Southeast Asian Archive in December 2004.

Processing History

Processed by Audra Eagle Yun, 2012.

Historical Background

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.
When refugees began to occupy the camp, Scire asked former South Vietnamese Air Force Lieutenant and pilot trainee Tran qui Hung to photograph the people of the camp, as he believed it would be inappropriate for a camp commander to photograph the refugees. John A. Scire is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

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 ormer 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 camp life.
The collection includes a letter addressed to former Camp Pendleton refugee Chi. H. Do, who donated Mr. Scire's photographs to the Southeast Asian Archive in 2004.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Camp Pendleton (Calif.).
Refugees -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Refugees -- Cambodia -- Photographs.
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Photographs.