The bell from the S.S. MAYAGUEZ presented to President Ford. On May 14, 1975, in a dramatic move, Ford ordered U.S. forces to retake the S.S. MAYAGUEZ, an American merchant ship seized by Cambodian gunboats two days earlier in international waters. The vessel was recovered and all 39 crewmen saved.
One of two brass enameled floor vases given to President Ford by the People’s Republic of China in 1975. The vases stand 34 inches tall and feature a variety of decorative flora, fauna, and geometric motifs.
Bell UH-1 Huey Helicopter
Here visitors can see U.S. foreign policy decision making in action as they travel with President Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to "hot" spots around the globe, learning about the events and challenges that faced America. The exhibit is heightened by the display of an authentic Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter, and the actual staircase that sat on top of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon when that city fell to the Communist Army of North Vietnam.