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Byron & Lana Noone Collection (1320) Finding Aid

Item Number: 13200000000
Operation Babylift

Scope and Contents

6 folders (0.3 linear feet) of newspaper transcripts, website message transcripts, correspondence, and printed pages from Lana Noone's website (Vietnambabylift.org) document Noone's involvement with Operation Babylift and her efforts to gather and preserve the history of the event. The bulk of the materials date from the post-war period.


  • 08 April 2004

Biographical / Historical

Lana Noone is the author of Global Mom: Notes From a Pioneer Adoptive Family. In 1975, she and her husband Byron Noone adopted their daughter, Heather, who tragically died. The Noones later adopted their daughter Jennie from Vietnam Babylift, and four years later they adopted their son, Jason, from Korea. Mrs. Noone is actively involved in the collection and preservation of the history of Operation Babylift. She attended the triennial symposium at the Vietnam Archive in 2002 and participated in a panel discussion on Operation Babylift. Mrs. Noone also runs a website, www.vietnambayblift.org, to gather and publish stories of operation Babylift. Byron Noone passed away from a cancer-related illness in 2002.
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
Individual Collections-N; Cold Storage Vault
Electronic Media

1320EM0199: Digital files of emails sent to Steve Maxner, March 2004.

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D058.7 ]]


  • A transcript of a 1975 Newsday Article, "Love Just Wasn't Enough", by John Pascal -
  • Transcripts of messages related to Mrs. Noone's website, Vietnam babylift. org -
  • Emails about Operation Babylift -
  • A transcript of an article from the VVA Veteran, "The Last Babylift Babies: Byron and Lana Noone and their adopted children by Jim Belshaw. -
  • "Vietnam Babylift Essay" by Byron Noone
  • Airport Journals article, "Courage Revisited-World Airways Returns to Vietnam" by Bob Shane (August 2005)
  • Pages from Vietnamebabylift.org website
  • emails concerning the Heather Constance Noone Memorial Award for Extraordinary Actions on Behalf of the Vietnam Babylift
  • Article from the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation website titled "Babylift Mother Delivers Hope for Vietnamese-American Reconciliation."
  • "Interview with Lana Noone, Author of "Global Mom" - internet printout from Lana Noone's website [31 May 2006]
  • Announcement of Lana Noone receiving the New York State Senate Commission for her work on behalf of the Vietnam Babylift [May 2006]
  • Internet printout from the Smithosonian Asia Pacific American Program, features information about Operation Babylift
Electronic Media

1320EM0199: Digital files of emails sent to Steve Maxner, March 2004.

Click here to view all Electronic Media

Pub Credit Line
13200000000, Byron & Lana Noone Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 08 Apr 2004 [Updated: 24 Mar 2016]