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Back At Base
2:52 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Two Days Before Operation Babylift, 57 Children Were Evacuated To The U.S.

Children aboard this World Airways DC-8 jet on April 2, 1975, were evacuated from Vietnam shortly before the fall of Saigon and just two days before the first official Operation Babylift flight. Among the children, was 12-year-old Thanh Jeff Ghar (center, lying down in front of a window). He says being brought to the U.S. gave him opportunities he never would have had if he remained in Vietnam.
Photo as exhibited at the Presidio's Operation Babylift: Perspectives & Legacies exhibition at the Officers' Club, courtesy of the AP

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:35 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

It was known as Operation Babylift.

In the days before the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, Vietnamese children were taken out of the country and flown to the U.S.

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Parallels
2:51 am
Tue April 28, 2015

The Past Haunts The Present For Japan's Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Boston on Monday.
Dominick Reuter AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:35 am

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues his U.S. tour this week, on the agenda Tuesday are meetings at the White House and a state dinner. Tomorrow, he'll be the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. But as he prepares to lay out a vision for the future, not all is well in his own East Asian neighborhood, where the past remains a huge source of tension.

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Author Interviews
2:49 am
Tue April 28, 2015

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

First Lt. Ashley White was one of the some 55 to 60 women selected for cultural support teams that deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.
Courtesy of the White Family

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:35 am

The Pentagon says women could be eligible for all combat roles in the military by next year, but some women already have been fighting — and dying — for their country. They're serving right alongside elite special operations units, such as the Navy SEALs or Army Rangers.

It's part of an effort to connect with half of the Afghan population that was off-limits to male soldiers: the women. Some military leaders considered reaching them one of the keys to winning the war.

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The Two-Way
12:50 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Nepal Death Toll Tops 4,400; At Least 1.4 Million Need Food Aid

A man prays Tuesday morning next to rubble of a temple destroyed in Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Adnan Abidi Reuters/Landov

At least 4,400 people are confirmed dead in three countries following Saturday's earthquake just outside Kathmandu, Nepal, the Associated Press reports.

"A Nepal police official says at least 4,352 bodies have so far been recovered after last week's massive earthquake that struck just outside the capital of Kathmandu.

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Around the Nation
7:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Condemns Violent Protesters At Press Conference

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:24 pm

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