Gerald R. Ford Museum
Exhibits, Events, Education Center

303 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

616-254-0400 (tel)
616-254-0386 (fax)

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Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (Daily)
(Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, & Christmas Days)



Gerald R. Ford Library
Research, Events, Small Exhibits

1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

734-205-0555 (tel)
734-205-0571 (fax)

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Hours: 8:45am-4:45pm (M-F)
(Closed Federal Holidays)




The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Digital Library

Operation Babylift

Faced with mounting evidence of the imminent fall of South Vietnam, President Gerald R. Ford authorized the evacuation of thousands of Vietnamese orphans (many fathered by American military personnel) to the United States on April 3, 1975. This evacuation became known as Operation Babylift. Two days later he greeted a planeload of orphans at San Francisco International Airport.

This evacuation was quite brief and direct White House involvement was limited, so Ford Library holdings on it are not extensive. In addition to items listed below, the Library has some orphan-related documents scattered among the more extensive holdings on the rescue and resettlement of other Indochina refugees. Please contact the Library for additional information on holdings concerning Operation Babylift, other refugees, or other aspects of the Vietnam War.

President Gerald Ford greets South Vietnamese orphans arriving in the United States
White House photograph A3860-26A

Digitized Holdings on Operation Babylift