Saigon’s fall from the deck of the Kirk

April 30, 2020


Land Line Now, April 30, 2020.

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When Saigon fell 45 years ago, a small Navy vessel played a key role in rescuing thousands of refugees. We’ll have an encore of the tale of the USS Kirk.

USS Kirk

I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

Organizers cancel the Great American Trucking Show due to the pandemic; free protective masks for truckers start to arrive; and reading between the lines in Texas – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. The USS Kirk, Part I: A nation faces its end

A Land Line Now special presentation – A Navy vessel, the USS Kirk, played a key role the day Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell, finally ending nearly 30 years of conflict in Vietnam, and causing thousands of refugees to flee for safer shores. We’ll tell the story through the eyes of two truckers who were there.

III. The USS Kirk, Part II: A historic rescue, an uncertain future

The USS Kirk gets an unexpected second rescue mission – and then faces an uncertain future as its crew works to rescue their ship and preserve its history.

IV. Pandemic puts off primaries

The pandemic is causing one state after another to reconsider plans or even delay their primary elections. We’ll explain where it’s happening.

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