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Vietnam War Rescue Mission of the USS Kirk

USS Kirk

USS Kirk

Washington, DC
Saturday, December 14, 2013

At the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975, after the last Americans had been evacuated from Saigon, a small destroyer escort ship, the USS Kirk, was given orders to return. Its mission was to rescue South Vietnamese Navy ships and tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees. Jan Herman, historian and author of “The Lucky Few: The Fall of Saigon and the Rescue Mission of the USS Kirk,” describes the humanitarian mission and how many of the U.S. Navy crew reunited with the refugees years later. With him is Captain Paul Jacobs, who served as commander of the USS Kirk during the rescue. The United States Navy Memorial in Washington, DC hosted this event. 

Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:13am (ET)

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