Indo-china: Troubled Trips to Safety

The temporary refuge for most of the Americans and Vietnamese evacuated from Saigon was the U.S.-administered island of Guam in the Western Pacific—"where America's day begins," as tourist brochures endlessly remind visitors. For thousands of Saigon evacuees, a curious mixture of delicate old Vietnamese ladies, Cholon Chinese, middle-aged American contractors and former Saigon bar girls, their days began last week at some extraordinary sites, among them: "Tin City," a neat compound of one-story barracks at Andersen Air Force Base, and Asan, a rusting, long-abandoned Seabee camp.

Guam was not the U.S. Government's first...

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