Operation New Life and Operation New Arrival in the United States at the end of the Vietnam War. A building in a receiving area of Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG) near Jonestown, Pennsylvania. A sign board near the building reads: 'US Army Task Force New Arrivals Receiving Station'. Members of the 401st Personnel Service Company lining up in formation. Troops and Women's Army Corps (WACs) enter the building to prepare for the arrival of Vietnamese refugees. Members being briefed by an officer. Officer explains the use of paper forms. Soldiers and WACs listen. Officer addresses them. Members look at the forms.
I believe the date this was shot was in late April we were there to stock all of the building before the refugees arrived. These solders and WACs were flown in from Ft. Carson. That day the fort was nearly a banded maybe 25 regular stationed there until our plane landed. We stocked every barracks with everything from tooth brushes, toilet paper to sheet and blankets. In a couple weeks we changed a ghost town into a town of about 30,000 people. I was in the second platoon front line next to the shortest WACs in the army.
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