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Vietnam Operation Babylift’s 40th celebrates second chances

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On April 30, 1975, Saigon was mere days from falling. The communists were coming and it was a race to escape. In the midst of the turmoil, thousands of Vietnamese orphans, many of whom were fathered by American servicemen, were at risk until President Gerald Ford answered the pleas of international children’s organizations¬† and ordered the evacuation of nearly 3,000 children. Now, 40 years later, those who participated in the initiative celebrate the anniversary and reflect on the frantic days when saving children became a top priority. Perhaps most compelling is the story of flight attendant Jan Wollett, who was aboard the World Airways DC-8 cargo plane that delivered the first round of orphaned children to the United States. She…

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