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Gerald Ford, a person I thank

by Danny Tran, Coastline Community College

I admire Mr. Gerald Ford and would like to thank him for helping the Vietnamese people. Gerald Ford was an American politician of the Republican Party. He served as the 38th president of the United States from 1974 to 1977.

As Communist forces closed in on Saigon, South Vietnam in early April 1975, President Ford began Operation Babylift. This action helped the evacuation of 2,600 Vietnamese orphans for adoption by American parents. After that, he also helped the evacuation of 300,000 Vietnamese people.

Second, another large group of boat people were saved by the U.S. Navy. President Ford helped with this. Many of those people settled in the U.S. Today, there are more than three million Vietnamese refugees who have become prosperous and successful in the United States. My sister was one of the evacuated people on the first ship which left Saigon in early 1975. She got the enthusiastic support of the USA over forty years ago.

President Gerald Ford was born July on 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska, and he passed away on December 26, 2006, in Rancho Mirage, California. I'm so thankful and admire the humanity of President Gerald Ford and the enthusiastic American people. That's why I think of Gerald Ford as a benefactor of the Vietnamese refugees and express thank you to him and America.