Stars and Stripes

October 27, 2019

Sam Nguyen spent his 85th birthday honoring fallen comrades who, after 54 years of languishing in anonymity, finally were laid to rest.

“It is a very important day for Vietnamese people,” said Nguyen, who served on the ground alongside American soldiers in the Vietnam War. “These men fought for our freedom. They must not be forgotten.”

That is why, the Minnesota resident said, he traveled so far to witness the interment of 81 members of the Vietnamese Airborne Division. Along with four Americans, the men were shot down in 1965 over contested territory.

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