REFUGEES: Blunders, Breakdowns--and Action

"I don't know how I got here," said the elderly Vietnamese with the straggly Ho Chi Minn beard. "When my wife and I were evacuated from the Central Highlands, we thought we were going to Saigon. Instead, we ended up in America. It seems like a nice place, but what would an old man like me do here?"

The old man was standing on the hot tarmac of the El Toro Marine Air Station at Santa Ana, Calif., along with 49 other Vietnamese—all waiting to board the C-141 Starlifter that would take them to...

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