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
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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