Scope and Contents
U.S. Navy photo book, 'Project New Life' which is pictorial essay of life at the U.S. Navy Base at Subic Bay in late April and early May 1975 when the base was processing refugees and evacuees from Vietnam.
Biographical / Historical
Julius Graw was born on 13 February 1943 in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1968, he volunteered for the United States Navy and reported for active duty in January 1969. He served a total of twenty years in the service, seven years of which were served in Southeast Asia, starting in December 1970 and running through 1981. He began his career in Southeast Asia as a Lieutenant Junior Grade and retired in 1989 as a Commander. While in the service, Graw served with the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam (ComNavForV) and Commander United States offices with the 7th Fleet, detachment Charlie in downtown Saigon and Tan Son Nhut Airbase as an assistant public affairs officer for 7th Fleet, Operation New Life and later as Public Affairs Officer for Operation Boat People from 1978 through 1981. For his service, Graw received the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, various humanitarian awards, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, and various other medals. After 1989 when he retired, Graw became the Director of News and Operations for the Texas State Network and is involved in the Vietnam Archive Oral History Project.