In August and September 1954, during one of her many Far Eastern deployments, USS Bayfield took part in Operation "Passage to Freedom". This effort, a consequence of the end of France's Indochina war, transported more that three-hundred thousand people, nearly seventy-thousand tons of cargo and over eight-thousand vehicles from northern to southern Vietnam between August 1954 and May 1955. Though Bayfield's part in the operation was limited, it was well photographed, as these pages show.
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Following are excerpts from the report of the Saigon Military Mission, an American team headed by Edward G. Lansdale, covering its activities in the 1954-55 period. The report accompanies the Pentagon's study of the Vietnam war, which cites it without identifying the author or date. The excerpts appear verbatim, with only unmistakable typographical errors corrected.
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Saigon - San Jose