Lt. Phong was the Vietnamese Observer in the Back Seat 1967 Picture
This picture is from Phan Thiet. Note, Lt. Phong is in the back seat. When flying with a Vietnamese unit, we usually took a Vietnamese person in the back seat. He would talk to the Vietnamese soldiers on the ground and I would talk to the American advisor.
The 183rd Aviation Company had a reunion in Nashville. We heard that Phong lived within driving distance to Nashville, so I invited him to attend. He happily agreed to attend. This is his picture. When the Communists took over in Vietnam, Phong was imprisoned for several years. He said he almost died. He and his family live in South Carolina. Before the Vietnam war, he was a chemistry professor, at the college level in Vietnam. Phong thanked me several times for the invitation to the Seahorse reunion. As a Vietnamese American, this reunion was the first time he had been included with the Americans. This was his closure.