South Vietnamese veterans and refugees who resettled in Kentucky after 1975 tell their stories of war and displacement. Presented by the Vietnam War Commemoration Committee, the McConnell Center, the Office of the President, the Office of Enrollment Management, and the Department of History.
6pm, March 31, 2015
Reception to follow!
Please join us when veterans of the Army and Air Force of the Republic of Viet Nam, a former cabinet member of the South Vietnamese government, and the wife of an imprisoned South Vietnamese soldier reflect on this conflict, share their memories of the fall of Saigon, tell us how their lives changed under Communist rule, and recount how they ultimately escaped from Vietnam and settled in Kentucky.
The Vietnam War is commonly remembered in the United States as the most tragic American conflict of the twentieth century. But this war also saw more than a million South Vietnamese soldiers serving their cause with incredible courage and bravery.
Moderators will ask questions and show clips from Moving Voices Project: Tiếng Nói Lưu Vong, an oral history project that collects stories from South Vietnamese veterans and refugees in Louisville.
|Dr. Gary Minh Tran – Cabinet member and Vice Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Viet Nam under President Nguyen Van Thieu|
|Mr. Hung Le – Officer in the Air Force of the Republic of Viet Nam, lived under Communist-controlled Vietnam for nearly 30 years|
|Dr. Khue Tran – Officer in the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam, captured and imprisoned by the North Vietnamese|
|Mrs. Hao Tran – Wife of Khue Tran, who fought for the Republic of Viet Nam and was then imprisoned in a reeducation camp by the North Vietnamese|
Mr. Tung Nguyen – Fighter Pilot in the Air Force of the Republic of Viet Nam, captured and imprisoned by the North Vietnamese|
The University of Louisville is a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration. It is not a part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.