Paul Jacobs, ’58, and USS Kirk (FF-1087) Crew Recognized

The Asian Heritage Society of San Diego CA recently held ceremonies commemorating the largest humanitarian effort in U.S. naval history. Central to this effort was CDR Paul Jacobs, MMA class of 1958, Commanding Officer of the USS Kirk (FF-1087), and her crew.

The ceremony was attended by a range of dignitaries, including congressional, county and city officials, as well as members of the Vietnamese community of Southern California and a host of other local government representatives and Vietnamese community leaders.

Frank Tepedino, Esq., MMA Class of 1958, opened the events with an introduction of Passage to Freedom, a brief video recollection of the events being commemorated, which was produced by Billy Sims, Mariner magazine editor, in conjunction with Capt. Jacobs.

Watch a video of the USS Kirk and crew’s dramatic rescue effort.

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