american heritage archives

El Toro Marine Corps Air Station

In honor of Asian Pacific American Month, we would like to share with you some of the images and documents within our holdings at the National Archives at Riverside. 

After the Vietnam War, many refugees came to the U.S. to create a better life for themselves after their country was torn apart. One example comes to us from the U.S. Marine Corps newspaper, the Flight Jacket (National Archives Identifier 44266766), from the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, California. El Toro became a reception center for refugees fleeing Vietnam. Here we see former premier and vice-president of the South Vietnamese government, Nguyen Cao Ky, who arrived at the reception center at El Toro with many other refugees in 1975. The newspaper documents much of the movement of refugees through its doors.