#16 – Operation Babylift and Operation Frequent Wind

April 1975

An emergency evacuation of thousands of Vietnamese children, code named “Operation Babylift”, is ordered by President Gerald R. Ford as Communist forces threaten South Vietnam. Operation Babylift results in the adoption of over 3,000 children throughout the world. President Ford greets orphans at the San Francisco International Airport upon their arrival to the United States. Within weeks, he also orders the evacuation of over 7,000 American personnel and South Vietnamese nationals, code named “Operation Frequent Wind”, as Saigon falls to Communist forces.

Operation Babylift and Operation Frequent Wind