More on "Believe it or not" (Toi's response)

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    (6/13/01 3:49:51 am)
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    Dear Larry,

    First of all, your Vietnamese skills are still very
    sharp, they are not rusty at all. I am impressed.
    Chief, you are very kind to me. Thanks for your

    Yes, I heard of Utapao where well-connected, wealthy,
    influential, and high ranking South Vietnam Arm Force
    personnel sneaked to a couple of weeks before the
    fateful 4/30/1975. As far as Thieu is concern, I
    heard that he landed in Taiwan (with ton of monies)
    and then to England where he resides now.

    I met one Vietnamese air force guy in the US who
    actually hauled Thieu's family to Utapao. His
    personal account was: They took off from Tan San Nhat
    airport in a C130, with regular air force personnel to
    man the plane. Their mission was "classified",
    destination "unknown", the plane was empty. It landed
    in Long Thanh that is about mid-point from Sai Gon to
    Vung Tau (Cat Lo) where there was a Vietnamese Green
    Beret base (the group that jumped into North Vietnam
    on a regular basis). They are, in Vietnamese term:
    Biet Kich 81 (81 stands for the regiment number).

    Thieu's family (the whole extended family) then
    boarded the C130. I figure that the SOB (Thieu) was
    smart not to fly his extended family out of VN from
    Sai Gon for at least two reasons: (1) Out of public
    eyes and (2) Long Thanh is closer to Thieu's hometown
    than Sai Gon is.

    The air force personnel were told that they would fly
    to Utapao and the reward for going was serveral
    thousand US dollars for each person. Anyone who did
    not want to go is free to get off the plane. Two
    persons did walk off, and guess what? They were
    immediately arrested by the green beret and led away.
    My assumption is: They were shot because when they
    were led away, they were hand-cuffed.

    You were absolutely correct in discussing the Thuong
    Tin ship. It was a merchant ship carrying a full name
    of "Viet Nam Thuong Tin". It went back to Vietnam
    carrying several thousands people. All of them
    thought that they would get a "warm welcome" from
    uncle Ho's wicked nephews but lo and behold, they were
    sent to Con Son Island as you said (minimum 5 years).
    I happened to go to the same scholl (University of
    Maryland) with the daughter of the second commander of
    the Thuong Tin ship. The ship went back to VN with
    different crew. (Note: Con Son Island was the place famous
    for the "tiger cages" and these folk were imprisoned there)

    Talking about Vietnamese high ranking officers. Those
    SOB are, in my personal opinion, garbages. That's
    propably the reason why I did not associate with a lot
    of Vietnamse in the Washington, D.C. area during my
    early year (1975-1980) because a lot of them are
    either high ranking officers or relatives of those
    SOB. I ended up happily dating and ultimately married
    a caucasian lady (third generation German-American).
    We divorced more than 10 years ago but I nerver regret
    my decision to date and marry her. I do however
    regret the divorce for Cynthia (her name) loved me
    unconditionally (I was penniless, without English,
    without marketable skills). I regret because Cynthia
    helped me to stand on my feet, to put up with many of
    my depression episodes, to assist me to learn the
    language as I come along, to encourage me to go to
    school. But after my graduation she is not there to
    share with me the happy moment (I graduated with
    distinction), and to share with me the financial
    reward associated with a marketable skills that she
    and I had worked so hard for.

    I always am in a fighting mood whenever I go back to
    Vietnam and stay in line at the airport to look at the
    SOB's giving people a hard time so that they can be
    bribed. On my last trip out of Vietnam (my wife and
    daughter were with me), one SOB gave my wife a hard
    time regarding her bringing monies out of Vietnam
    despite the fact that my wife told that SOB that she
    did not spent all of the monies that she brought in.
    I finally blew my lid: I cussed F___ You SOB (in
    English as well as in Vietnamese) and I slammed and
    broke my carry-on. The SOB then backed off and let
    her pass the custom gate. He never checked and asked
    me any question.

    Well Larry, again thanks for your email and warm

    Take care
    Toi Dang/An Thoi 69-71

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    (6/13/01 9:33:22 pm)
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    Toi Dang!...As fine a man as there ever will be!
    ...and two hard boiled eggs.