Vietnamese refugees arrive in Guam aboard the SS Transcolorado, during Operation New Life.
Guam Date:1975, June 8 Duration:5 min 12 sec Sound:NO SOUND
The freighter SS Transcolorado (chartered by the U.S. Military Sealift Command, as a civilian cargo ship, designated T-AK-2005) arrives in Guam carrying at-risk South Vietnamese refugees who will be temporarily housed there under Operation New Life. (Later, most will be transferred to the United States under Operation New Arrivals.) Views of the refugees, including many children, on the deck of the ship. U.S. Marines carry a sick, or injured person from the ship on a litter. Families descend gangplank to the pier, where they are guided to hastily set up reception center. Grocery carts are employed to assist refugees carrying belongings. Local people line up to distribute items, including flip flops, to the refugees, as they pass along the pier. A merchant marine sailor assists one of the families. A woman dressed in white intercepts a Vietnamese woman carrying a small child, and directs her to a tent set up as a "Baby Center." (Many tents are seen in the background.) Inside the Baby Center, reception workers prepare food and items needed for baby care. Several Vietnamese refugee women sit on a bench in the tent, with their babies.
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