Passage to Freedom


For many years the country now known as Vietnam was a French Colony named Indochina. This effectively ended on May 7, 1954 with the fall of Dien Bien Phu, and an agreement on June 3, to grant independence to the state of Vietnam and the partition the country into North and South Viet Nam. As part of the agreement reached, those persons living in the North of the country (controlled by the communist Viet Cong), were given a chance to move to the Southern (democratic), part of the country. The Magoffin assisted by taking refugee that wanted to leave the north (Hanoi) and had been brought to Saigon by the French Navy to resettlement camps in country. The ship made a number of these resettlement runs. For a personal account of Operation "Passage to Freedom" written by Mac Christy - Click Here


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