• Short Summary

    5,000 South Vietnamese, mostly Catholic fishing families, arrived in Guam on Wednesday (7 May) in the first wave of seaborne refugees to reach this west Pacific staging base for immigration to the United States.

  • Description

    5,000 South Vietnamese, mostly Catholic fishing families, arrived in Guam on Wednesday (7 May) in the first wave of seaborne refugees to reach this west Pacific staging base for immigration to the United States.

    Many were barefoot as they swarmed down the gangplank of the U.S. military cargo ship, American Challenger. Those who were injured were carried off in stretchers.

    The American Challenger, which brought the refugees to Guan in a seven-day voyage, was the first of three ships carrying 15,000 South Vietnamese evacuees.

    Many of these who arrived early on wednesday were children with babies on their backs. In the scramble to get on beard the ship, parents were separated from children and families were broken up.

    With 30,000 refugees already housed in hastily-constructed tent cities, facilities will be stretched to the limit on the 42-square-mile (105 square km) island of Guam.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9TYX8SWYWK4KAX2JJIHLIBG12
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TYX8SWYWK4KAX2JJIHLIBG12
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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