Operation Babylift: 40 Years After Bay Area Opened Arms To Vietnam’s Orphans, Historic Sites Hidden In Plain Sight
Harmon Hall now sits vacant and locked up just across Old Mason Street from the former military air field. But in 1975 it was the first U.S. home for orphaned children from the war, including three little girls who reflected on their 40 year journey with KPIX 5.
In a first-ever breaking news moment captured live on television, the Bay Area saw history in the making, as a region’s identity and place in history was forever changed in the first of several flights filled with babies.
Foreigners weren’t even allowed inside a Chinese government orphanage.
Orphans adopted from China often have emotional, and sometimes physical problems, but one Bay Area woman broke barriers in China to give those children much needed loving care.
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association has raised about $6,200 for three young children who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a double murder at the family’s home last month.