Quang X. Pham

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Quang Pham
Born 1964
Saigon, Vietnam Vietnam
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1986-200?
Rank Major[1]
Battles/wars Persian Gulf War
Other work Businessman, Politician

Quang Pham, a Vietnamese American, was born in 1964, in Saigon, South Vietnam. He is a business owner, Marine Corps veteran, author and community leader who has lived in Orange County, California since 1990. Pham ran for Congress in the 47th Congressional District to defeat Loretta Sanchez.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

During the invasion of South Vietnam by the Communist North Vietnamese Army, Quang, his three sisters, and his mother left their ancestral homeland, while the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) was defending their country and its capital city of Saigon. His father, Hoa Van Pham, a member of the South Vietnamese Air Force, remained in South Vietnam and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army while he was supporting the Republic of Vietnam, resulting in his twelve years in re-education/prison camps.

Quang and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in California.

Education[edit]

Quang graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and he went on to complete Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in 1986.

Military service[edit]

He was the first Vietnamese American to earn naval aviator's wings in the U.S. Marine Corps and flew CH-46 helicopter missions in the Persian Gulf War.

Civilian life[edit]

He is a renowned author and wrote, A Sense of Duty: Our Journey from Vietnam to America.

In 2000, he founded Lathian Systems, a pharmaceutical promotions company, raised $14 million from investors, and was chairman and CEO. D&R Communications acquired Lathian in 2012. He has served on the boards of the Marines Memorial Association, Orange County Forum, and Chapman University Business School Board of Advisers.[3]

Quotes[edit]

  • "Now talk of exiting the war in Iraq has increased. What will happen to the Iraqis who believed in us? Will we let them down too?"[2]

See also[edit]

On March 26, 2010 the US Army War College held a question and answer with Quang X. Pham where he discussed his book and American involvement in Vietnam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ_k5yY3wZ8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernard Edelman (28 May 2003). "From Refugee to Marine Corps Major, He Bridges Cultures and Generations". Top Vets. Veterans Advantage, Inc. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Pham, Quang X. (27 June 2005). "Duty and deceit". The Boston Globe. 

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