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Nguyen Thi Hung and Nguyen Thieu Anh stand with Nguyen Thi Tuyet Oanh and Phuong Van Hao, from left, during a double wedding ceremony at Camp Pendleton on May 22, 1975. (Photo by Sgt E.A.Manthey / USMC)

The camp would eventually reshape Southern California. Many stayed for the warm weather they were accustomed to in Vietnam. In central Orange County, refugees found cheap housing and plentiful jobs in Westminster, where they erected Vietnamese businesses along the strawberry and bean fields. Today, Orange County is home to 150,000 Vietnamese, the largest such population in the country.

3 years ago on March 01, 2011 at 10:46am via Los Angeles Times