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Retired Rear Admiral Lawrence Chambers is the first African American to command a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Chamber’s leadership made national headlines in 1975 when he disobeyed orders to save a South Vietnamese Air Force pilot and his family.

It was being flown by South Vietnamese Air ForceMajor Buang-Ly, who had just fled Saigon with his wife and 5 kids, also aboard. With fuel running low, circling the carrier, he tried dropping notes from the plane. Before long, this one hit the deck, tied to a pistol.

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Today on #NotYourCentury : Operation Babylift, 1975: 85 Vietnamese orphans arrive at Travis Air Force Base in the latest flight of Operation Babylift — the massive evacuation of children from South Vietnam in the Vietnam War's final days.

Ly Tong, a South Vietnamese Air Force veteran who dropped anti-Communist leaflets over Vietnam from hijacked planes, died in San Diego on Saturday at 74. His actions made him a hero to many Vietnamese refugees.

#TBT Expeditionary Medicine. Air Force Maj (Dr.) John Kramer examines a young Vietnamese refugee’s throat in the dispensary at Anderson AFB, Guam, in May of 1975. Air Force doctors treated hundreds of refugees escaping the North Vietnamese Army as South Vietnam collapsed.

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