Andrew Faltum, U.S. Navy, Vietnam Refugee Rescue

Veterans Chronicles

Dec 22 2021 • 38 mins


Andrew Faltum started as a detective for the Chicago Police Department but by the early 1970's he decided it was time for a change. Faltum joined the Navy in hopes of becoming an aviation officer but a medical evaluation forced a change in plans. Instead he became an intelligence officer while on active duty and for another two decades in the reserves.

In this edition of "Veterans Chronicles," Faltum shares his experiences aboard the USS Midway in 1975 and the frantic effort to save some 3,000 Vietnamese as Saigon fell. Faltum also discusses his work writing a series of book on carriers and much more.