Listen to On-Demand to Connections: Operation Babylift (4/24/15)
To acknowledge a major anniversary related to America’s involvement in the war in Vietnam, Connections discusses Operation Babylift. Listen to the full program audio on-demand.
In 1975, 2700 Vietnamese babies and children were evacuated to the US mainland in Operation Babylift. Another 1300 went to Canada, Australia and Europe.
Forty years later we speak with some of those adoptees about their lives, and with adoptive parents and veterans who were involved in this major turning point.
- Greg Hodges, airlift adoptee who grew up in Cohocton, New York
- Tia Keevil, airlift adoptee who is now a nurse in New York City
- Lana Noone, adoptive parent who’s first adoptive daughter, Heather, passed away not long after arriving in the U.S.; her other daughter, Jennie, was the last baby placed through the Operation Babylift.
- Sister Mary Nell Gage, was in Vietnam between 1973-75 and was stationed at the Presidio during Operation Babylift
- Bill Terrell, a Vietnam veteran who helped rebuild an orphanage destroyed during the war when he was on active service