The Nation: Journey to 'Freedom Land'

The first refugees to reach the U.S. came largely from Viet Nam's professional classes—doctors, dentists, lawyers, office workers, military officers, and their families. Said one U.S. Army doctor at the refugee center on Guam: "They were the VIPS, the cream of the crop, all first-class passengers. Some of the women even wore jewels to the physicals." But last week the rest of Viet Nam's uprooted were making their way to a new life in the U.S. They presented a much different sight.

Down the gangplanks of the first rescue ships to reach Guam filed...

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