Vietnamese refugees soon after arriving in the United States after the Vietnam War fall of Saigon. A Vietnamese girl seated next to a man using a radio to communicate. In the Refugee Center, a man writes names of refugees with their tent assignments. Air Force personnel and volunteers at work in the Center.
Aerial view of temporary encampment for Vietnamese refugees at Eglin Air Force base in Valparaiso, Florida. View of the tents and barracks buildings, recreation areas, and roads in the camp, as seen in May 1975, soon after the fall of Saigon, near the end of the Vietnam War.
View from another ship of the United States Navy destroyer USS Preble (DLG-15) underway in the Pacific Ocean. Flags raised on the ship. Naval guns in view. Smoke rises up from the smokestack. The crew on the deck of the USS Preble. The ship takes a turn. (Note: USS Preble, DLG-15, which was the last ship to be hit by enemy gunfire in the Vietnam War, was re-designated as DDG-46 on July 1st 1975)
Mix of period footage circa 1910, retrospective interviews in 1975, and some still images. European immigration in bad travel conditions to America. View from rail on deck of a ship in heavy seas. An elderly European immigrant recalls his experiences of the journey on ship to America. Ship in Atlantic Ocean. Picture of European immigrants on ship deck. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Early 1900s period footage of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and disembarking from ship, then walking with luggage for processing at Ellis Island. Some immigrants peer across New York Harbor at the skyline of New York city. Scene change to 1975 and views of interiors of a no longer used building in Ellis Island. Names of persons carved on walls. A man shares his experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island, and then as an immigration inspector reviewing new immigrants as they arrived.
Soviet Union warship underway in the ocean. Naval officer announces alert. Sailors run to battle stations. Soviet Naval pilots rush on the flight deck of Kiev class aircraft carrier and climb aboard their Yak-38 fighter aircraft. View of Tu-16 bomber taking off. Radar antennas rotate. Yak-38 fighter aircraft demonstrates vertical takeoff capability. Warships cruising in a line. Formation of Tu-16s flies overhead. Soviet submarines cruise in a lne on the surface. Soviet Naval Officers confer in control room. Soviet Kara class (Soviet designation 1134B) Guided Missile Cruiser underway, with number "530" painted on its hull. Aboard the ship, a missile is raised from below deck into vertical firing position. A formation of three aircraft fly overhead. The ship launches antiaircraft missiles. View of an aircraft being struck and destroyed by missiles. Ships fire barrages of missiles. One ship is covered by a cloud of fire and smoke due to the intensity of the barrage. Depth charges explode off the stern of a ship. Flames and smoke rises up due to explosions. Splashes in the sea due to explosions. View of convoy of warships underway.
“Operation New Arrivals,” in 1975, at Eglin Air Force Base Vietnamese Refugee Center. Opening scene shows closeup of a clown in costume, standing among some Vietnamese refugee children who are gathered outdoors at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Closeup of two boys sitting on folding metal chairs, eating ice cream popsicles. Many more closeups of children eating their popsicles. Next the children are seen seated in chairs, applauding for some kind of entertainment. Camera then shows the aforementioned clown, in front of the children, shaking hands with some of them. He then fashions some balloons into the shape of a bunny rabbit and gives it to a small child.