This collection is comprised of black and white photographs
and negatives taken of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees living at Fort Chaffee, a
military base in Arkansas. The photographs document the daily life of the refugees,
including the arrival of refugees by plane and bus, a visit from President Gerald
Ford, refugee education and social activities.
Fort Chaffee, a military base located in northwestern Arkansas, was a key military
training installation from the early days of World War II until its closing in
September 1997. Construction of the base began on September 9, 1941, with the first
soldiers arriving on December 7, 1941. The mission of the post was to train U.S.
soldiers for combat in Europe, America and the Pacific. Following WWII, Camp Chaffee
became Fort Chaffee and continued to train U.S. Army personnel in a variety of
0.4 linear feet
33 digitized images
Property rights reside with the University of California. These materials are in the
public domain. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the
Southeast Asian Archive Librarian.