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 hide caption

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Back At Base

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

Despite controversy, a flight attendant and passenger say taking children out of Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in April, 1975, was the right thing to do.

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Parallels

On Their Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

The Afghan army is now fully in charge of combat operations. NPR's Tom Bowman heads out on a mission with troops as they engage the Taliban in one of its strongholds near the Pakistani border.

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Parallels

The Past Haunts The Present For Japan's Shinzo Abe

As Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to strengthen ties with America, he's facing tense times in his own neighborhood, mainly because of his views on World War II.

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Protesters hold a pro-gay-rights flag outside the US Supreme Court on Saturday, countering the demonstrators who attended the March For Marriage in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court meets on Tuesday to hear arguments over whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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 hide caption

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