This collection is comprised of black
and white photographs and negatives taken of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees living at
Fort Chaffee, a military base in Arkansas. The photographs document the daily life of the
refugees, including the arrival of refugees by plane and bus, a visit from President Gerald
Ford, refugee education and social activities.
Fort Chaffee, a military base located in northwestern Arkansas, was a key military training
installation from the early days of World War II until its closing in September 1997.
Construction of the base began on September 9, 1941, with the first soldiers arriving on
December 7, 1941. The mission of the post was to train U.S. soldiers for combat in Europe,
America and the Pacific. Following WWII, Camp Chaffee became Fort Chaffee and continued to
train U.S. Army personnel in a variety of military specialties.
0.4 Linear Feet
(1 box) and 33 digitized images
Property rights reside with the University of California. These materials are in the public
domain. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Southeast Asian
Collection open for research.