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During Operation 'Passage to Freedom', 1954

USS Bayfield (APA-33), 1943-1969 --
During Operation "Passage to Freedom", 1954

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-b/apa33-k.htm

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

 

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.

 

Four crewmen display a welcoming banner for Vietnamese refugees coming on board USS Bayfield (APA-33) for passage to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, 3 September 1954.

 

A Sailor assists a heavily burdened Vietnamese refugee boarding USS Bayfield (APA-33) for passage to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, 3 September 1954.

 

Navy Chaplain Lieutenant Francis J. Fitzpatrick assists Vietnamese refugees on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), circa September 1954. He acted as their intrepreter during their voyage to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong.

 

A Navy Hospital Corpsman administers medical treatment to a Vietnamese refugee with an painfully infected arm, while en route from Haiphong to Saigon, Indochina, on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), 7 September 1954.

 

Vietnamese refugee receives medical treatment from a Navy Hospital Corpsman, while en route from Haiphong to Saigon, Indochina, on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), 7 September 1954.

 

A crewmen rations out water for Vietnamese refugees on board USS Bayfield (APA-33) during their journey to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, circa September 1954.

 

Vietnamese refugees receive food on board USS Bayfield (APA-33) while en route to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, circa September 1954.

 

Vietnamese refugee in a topsides food service line on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), while enroute from to Saigon, Indochina, August 1954.

 

A young Vietnamese refugee lends a helping hand to a sailor chipping paint on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), while enroute from Haiphong to Saigon, Indochina, 7 September 1954.
Note aviators' oxygen bottle at left.

 

Vietnamese refugees investigate a beverage dispensing machine on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), while en route to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, 3 September 1954.

Vietnamese refugee children coax for candy, while en route from Haiphong to Saigon, Indochina, on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), circa September 1954.

 

USS Bayfield (APA-33) docks at Saigon, Indochina, to offload refugees following a trip from Haiphong, September 1954.

 

Each holding a package of rice and fish, Vietnamese refugees leave USS Bayfield (APA-33) at Saigon, Indochina, after a trip from Haiphong, September 1954.

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