SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The sailors of the frigate USS Kirk, who helped rescue thousands during the fall of Saigon, are scheduled to be honored this weekend at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park.
Organizers of the event said the Kirk was assigned in April 1975 to lead an effort to save what remained of the South Vietnamese Navy as communist North Vietnamese forces closed in.
When the frigate reached Con Son Island, it was met by thousands of South Vietnamese awaiting them in craft ranging from rickety fishing boats and cargo scow to Navy ships flying the South Vietnamese flag. The Kirk's sailors led the desperate flotilla on a six-day voyage to safety.
Numerous officials and members of the Vietnamese community in Southern California are scheduled to participate in a ceremony that will include proclamations from federal and local officials.
"The Lucky Few," a documentary about the exodus from South Vietnam, will be screened Sunday at the nearby Museum of Photographic Arts. A question-and-answer session is also scheduled.
Rosalynn Carmen, president of the Asian Heritage Society, called the event "a rare and wonderful opportunity for teachers and students. Now students can learn history firsthand from the people who made it -- both the crew and many of those they rescued and guided to safety."
Cal Fire is at the scene of a 30 to 50-acre wildfire burning off State Route 94 near Church Road in the Campo Indian Reservation.
Sunshine and higher temperatures are making the return to San Diego County Saturday after intermittent drizzle across the region on Friday.
President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group's ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria.
The San Diego Police Department announced Saturday that officers will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations.
The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying and tracking down a pair of thieves who have carried out a two-week series of bank robberies this month in the San Diego area.
Backers of an initiative that would allow San Diego State University to buy the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley for campus expansion are scheduled to begin seeking petition signatures Saturday.
An unknown assailant jumped a woman Friday on a walking trail near Gillespie Field airport and choked her nearly into unconsciousness, fleeing when she managed to break free, authorities reported.