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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

What is a True Personal Story of Yours that People Have a Hard Time Believing?

Control Tower at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon after the Tet Offensive - Photo by Anthony G. Borra
On a layover weather delay in route from Washington National to Houston I began a conversation with a Vietnamese gentleman who was also delayed.  We had common interests in business and as former soldiers.  

During the course of our conversation I learned he was an executive with a casino operation in the US and had immigrated in the late 70's from Saigon. 

We further established that we had been on opposite sides of the US/Vietnam conflict and had more than likely been firing our weapons at each other during the Tet Offensive in January of 1968. 

We both had too many details of the battle near Tan Son Nhut Air Base  for it to be any form of coincidence.

Tet Offensive

When we arrived at Houston, he bought me a meal and we became friends. We are still in touch today.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have difficulty sharing what we did while I was in the US Navy. I served aboard a "research" submarine 40 years ago. My wife has figured some of it out by simply reading and being aware. But I swore allegiance to my CO that I would never divulge the nature of our missions. "I can neither confirm nor deny."

František Formánek said...

amazing how small the world is