Palawan Refugee Camp, Philippine

Current News Home Thailand Malaysia Indonesia Philippines Singapore Hongkong Humanitarian Heroes Links About Contact

Palawan Boat people

If you stayed in this camp, we need your story. Any information is highly appreciated. If you see it here, we'd still like to hear from you. Corroboration is important. We will always need more information. Please email us at vt268tengah@gmail.com

Story of 138 Subic Bay

  • Vietnamese boat people are rescued by the USS Ranger CV 61 March 20, 1981, on the South China Sea. All 138 people aboard were rescued
  • March 20, 1981, was a hot day with no wind to power the boat. Its engine had died seven days earlier, leaving those on board to starve to death in the middle of the ocean
  • Among them were brothers, future Army Maj. Lan Dalat and Army military police officer Anthony Lang, then 13 and 6. "I remember approaching the ship and it was like a city, from my perspective," Lang said. "This thing was the biggest thing I had ever seen in my life. It was like a starship." The USS Ranger, CV-61, at over 1,046 feet long, was equipped to carry more than 70 aircraft and about 5,600 Sailors. The ship’s captain was Navy Capt. Dan A. Pedersen, who had been the senior officer in a group of nine men who developed a tactics program for the F-4 Navy Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar, nicknamed “Top Gun.” In fact, the movie, “Top Gun” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” were both filmed aboard the USS Ranger.
  • The Ranger took the Vietnamese refugees to the processing center in Manila, Philippines. They were named 138 Subic Bay, after the number of Vietnamese and the location where they first arrived.

For more detail, please read US Navy Rescues Vietnamese Refugees on South China Sea

Vietnam    Vietnam
March 20, 1981 left Vietnam with 138 souls aboard
Vietnam    Vietnam
British volunteer Muriel Knox, English teacher, poses with the rescued family — Anthony, Michelle, Cam Quy Ton, Christine and Lan — at the Vietnamese Refugee Camp at Palawan, Philippines, in 1981 before the family’s immigration to the United States.

The Sea Voyage of 138 Subic Bay
Courtesy of http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com. Please review for more detail.
Courtesy of Video of Major Lan Dalat
Copyright © 2012-2013 Refugee Camps.info. All Rights Reserved.