In early April 1975, news predicted the upcoming collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the fall of Saigon. On April 23, 1975, the local Pacific Command representative on Guam, the Commander Naval Forces Marianas, received an order to receive, shelter and care for Vietnamese refugees, without much time to prepare shelters for the exodus. With the influx of people in Guam, shelter, water, and food were prepared. Refugees ranged in wealth, social status, ethnicities, education, and age. In the manuscript entitled "Halfway to Nowhere: Vietnamese Refugees on Guam, 1975," George S. Morrison discusses the Vietnamese exodus to Guam. Coincidently, George S. Morrison is also the father of Jim Morrison from the rock band The Doors.
The collection consists of the first 37 pages of the manuscript entitled "Halfway to Nowhere: Vietnamese Refugees on Guam, 1975" by George S. Morrison. The manuscript discusses the exodus of the South Vietnamese Refugees after a violent uprooting from their home in Vietnam to the island of Guam in the Pacific. It includes topics such as the process of accommodating the refugees in Guam in Operation "New Life", trauma of dislocation, interagency coordination, refugee legal status, food, shelter and toilet facilities, preventative medicine, processing people, communications, business, information, and after thoughts.
Gift of George S. Morrison
Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 3, 2008
Processed by Aleck Tan, January 2020
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