Operation Frequent Wind

Considered by many to be the 30 most dangerous hours on board the aircraft carrier USS Midway, Operation Frequent Wind was one of the largest rescue missions in US history. As the communist-led North Vietnamese Army invaded Saigon, the US Navy was called in to rescue thousands of South Vietnamese citizens trapped in the capital city. Among them was an eight year-old girl trying to escape with 16 members of her family. The dramatic events that ultimately brought them to the deck of the USS Midway are those reserved for Hollywood scripts. Waiting for them on the USS Midway was Vern Jumper and then Captain Larry Chambers who worked tirelessly to save thousands of lives. Operation Frequent Wind brought an end to the Vietnam War, providing the punctuation to a conflict that ultimately cost the lives of over 57,000 U.S. service members. But for Courtney Hermann, it brought her to freedom and a new life in America.

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