‘Operation Babylift’

The Story Behind “Operation Babylift”

As a volunteer for Friends of Children of Vietnam in 1975, LeAnn helped raise money and supplies for the war orphans. In April she agreed to escort 6 babies from Saigon to their adoptive homes in the USA.

By the time she arrived in Vietnam, bombs were dropping outside the city! She was greeted with, “Have you heard the news? President Ford has okayed ‘Operation Babylift’. You’ll help take out not 6, but 300 babies!”

President Ford’s Message

“LeAnn inspires every person who hears her to move beyond their personal ‘war zones’ and really change the world. Our audience walked away with a renewed zeal for their professions and their lives.”

— Center for Nonprofit Excellence

LeAnn Thieman