- The National Lao-Hmong Memorial Foundation held an air show showcasing a restored T-28 airplane at Fleming Field in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday.
- The design of a memorial, which will be built in a suburb of Denver, was also unveiled at the event.
- The event was held to honor Hmong soldiers who fought alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam War.
- From 1960 to 1975, the CIA recruited Hmong people to fight in a “Secret War” in Laos, during which more than 35,000 Hmong soldiers were killed.
The National Lao-Hmong Memorial Foundation restored a T-28 warplane and revealed the design of a memorial to honor Hmong soldiers who fought alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam War.
From 1960 to 1975, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruited Hmong people to fight in a “Secret War” in Laos. Hmong pilots were trained to fly T-28 airplanes and tasked with as many as 10 missions a day.
Biden awards Medal of Honor to previously overlooked Vietnam War vets, including two Asian Americans
- On Tuesday, President Joe Biden awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor to a group of Vietnam War veterans, including two Asian Americans, who may have been overlooked due to discrimination.
- The highest U.S. military award was given to Staff Sgt. Edward N. Kaneshiro, Spc. 5 Dennis M. Fujii, Spc. 5 Dwight W. Birdwell and retired Maj. John J. Duffy.
- “Today we’re setting the record straight,” Biden said during the ceremony. “We’re upgrading the awards of four soldiers who performed acts of incredible heroism during the Vietnam conflict.”
- The awarding comes after Congress ordered a review into the military service of Asian Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders left unrecognized because of prejudice.
President Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Honor to a group of Vietnam War veterans, including two Asian Americans, who may have been overlooked due to discrimination.
On Tuesday, Biden gave the highest U.S. military award to Staff Sgt. Edward N. Kaneshiro, Spc. 5 Dennis M. Fujii, Spc. 5 Dwight W. Birdwell and retired Maj. John J. Duffy.
50 years later, woman from iconic ‘Napalm Girl’ photo shares message about Ukraine, school shootings
- For the 50th anniversary of Vietnam’s “Napalm Girl” photo, Kim Phuc Phan Thi, who was only 9 when it was taken, offered a message of hope and positivity.
- When it was first published in 1972, the photo gained widespread attention and won a Pulitzer Prize, becoming one of the most well-known images of the Vietnam War.
- Despite the physical and mental hardships Kim faced, she emphasized the importance of images in confronting the realities of war.
- However, citing herself as proof, Kim stated, “Look how horrible war is. But, look, right now, my life, how beautiful the world can be.”
- In her guest essay for the New York Times, Kim wrote about how she journeyed through life with the photograph, learned to love the photo and became a symbol of peace.
Kim Phuc Phan Thi, Vietnam’s “Napalm Girl,” is offering a message of hope with the world 50 years after the iconic photo that featured her was taken.
The “Napalm Girl” photo was taken in Trảng Bàng by the South Vietnamese photographer Nick Ut when Phan Thi was only 9. The powerful and controversial image was placed on the front pages of many newspapers, won a Pulitzer Prize and would become one of the most famous images of the Vietnam War.
A San Jose community has recently unveiled a monument that honors the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) of South Vietnamese soldiers who fought invading northern soldiers and defended the provincial capital of Quang Tri during the Vietnam War.
In honor: The Quang Tri Victory Monument, which was unveiled on Saturday at History Park in San Jose, Calif., depicts soldiers raising a flag to commemorate their victory against the invading forces at the Quang Tri Citadel, according to event organizer Sam Ho, KPIX5 reported.
A French court dismissed on Monday a lawsuit filed by a French-Vietnamese woman against the 14 chemical companies behind Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.
Aron Moxley, the former lead singer of the all-Asian band The Slants, shared on Facebook his origin as a Vietnamese child refugee before he was brought to the United States.
In his post, Moxley recalled an encounter with a marine with whom he had a significant connection.
For many Asian Americans who have spent a significant amount of time away from their homeland, a nation’s flag can evoke a sense of pride, nationalism, and oftentimes, a deep longing to return to their country of origin.
This is not usually the case, however, for many overseas Vietnamese (Việt kiều), especially those whose family fled Vietnam in the late 1970s and 1980s as “Boat People.” For them, their current flag instead brings back images of dread, fear, and disdain as it reminds them of the communist regime their families opposed and escaped from.
Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide the United States military used against Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam war, is still having life-threatening effects on Vietnamese newborns 44 years after the war has ended.
The poisonous defoliant, which is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), was meant to destroy and kill trees and plants that Viet Cong fighters depended on for food and cover.
Vietnam War veteran Saylee Vang was approached by an armed gunman Monday morning in Milwaukee attempting to take his car.
The 66-year-old veteran was checking on his garden around 9 a.m. when two young men had demanded his car keys. Vang said no and the suspects ran-off. He used his instincts from the war and attempted to chase the men in his car, in which he said that the suspects fired four shots at his vehicle, Vang told FOX6 News. He is not hurt.
A former restaurant owner named Ryan Kulp tweeted about an Atlanta joint he co-owned called We Suki Suki, which at one point apparently held a “late night experience” titled “Good Morning Vietnam.”
7 years ago today i co-founded a Vietnamese restaurant in Atlanta.we launched a late night experience, “Good Morning Vietnam.”napalm smoothies (tang + Red Bull), Full Metal Jacket soundtrack blaring, machetes to cut banh mi, and an ammo box for cash. still thriving today. pic.twitter.com/zQbQWCWXPm
Children’s holiday specials are usually filled with cheer, Yuletide mischief, and light-hearted conundrums. However, this wasn’t the case for the 1996 “Hey Arnold!” Christmas special that broke our hearts and still stays relevant today.
More than 100 Vietnamese Americans took to the streets of Little Saigon in Orange County, California to protest the Trump administration’s move to deport thousands of war refugees.
After a meeting between U.S. and Vietnam representatives last week, over 8,000 Vietnamese residents who committed crimes in America will face deportation if immigration officials succeed in changing an agreement that protects their residency status.