What is that old saying?
The best revenge is living well?
Navy Commander Hung B. Le, who as a 5 year old in 1975 spent 2 days with
his family bobbing about in the South China Sea after they fled South Vietnam
What a country!!!!
Vietnamese born commander and crew of 300 spread the spirit of cooperation throughout Vietnam
By MSCN Devon Dow,
Posted: November 9, 2009
DA NANG, Vietnam
Some 34 years later that same boy is sailing back to his
homeland, this time as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke
class guided missile destroyer, USS Lassen (DDG-82). As Cmdr. Hung B. Le, and
his crew sail closer to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for a goodwill mission,
Le remembers the day his childhood was changed forever.
“My father was a Commander in the South Vietnamese Navy and
was serving as the Deputy Commanding Officer of Nha Be Naval Support Base when
we left Vietnam
Lee and his immediate family never returned to live in Southeast Asia
Le and his family settled in the United States
“I have always loved America
An avid sports fan and supporter of the Washington Redskins,
as an adult Le adopted an idea that hit closer to home than his northern Virginia
“I work with an outstanding, closely knit crew of nearly 300
Sailors on the Lassen so I am not lonely,” he said. “I enjoy walking around the
ship to talk to my Sailors. There is of course the administrative work that
goes with running a ship. Planning meetings, training sessions, and other
events help ensure that the ship's personnel, equipment, and training are being
taken care of.”
Le said his service in the Navy is his way of trying to give back to the great Americans who helped his family begin a new life in the U.S. “My parents are proud that I am the Commanding Officer of a U.S. Navy ship and are excited that as part of my service I have the opportunity to visit the country of my birth, he said.”
As Le and his crew make their way to the country he enjoyed
picking fruits from the trees as a child, he sees the significance of the two
nations that cultivated him continuing to build a stronger relationship.
Upon his arrival to Da
On his final day in port Le visited a Vocational
The best revenge? Not spending years of your life in a communist re-education camp and returning from whence you came in a warship entrusted to you by the world’s greatest nation! Yeah, buddy!
Well done, CDR Le!