A Sense of Duty by Quang Pham
My Father, My American Journey

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A memoir by a former Vietnamese refugee who became a U.S. Marine, Quang Pham’s A Sense of Duty is an affecting story of fate, hope, and the aftermath of the most divisive war the United States has ever fought. This heartfelt salute to the spirit of America is also the account of the author’s reunion with his long-absent father, Hoa Pham, himself a devoted officer who saw combat firsthand as a South Vietnamese fighter pilot. Hoa’s revelations about his wartime experience leave Quang even more conflicted about his service in the Marines in the first Gulf War, and after years of struggling to reconnect with each other and the homeland they left behind, the two set out on a final, profound quest—to make sense of the war in Vietnam. 

Tracing Quang Pham’s uniquely spirited yet agonizing journey from his experiences as an uprooted refugee to his becoming a combat aviator, A Sense of Duty reveals the turmoil of a family torn apart and reunited by the fortunes of war. It is an American journey like no other.

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QUANG X. PHAM served as a Marine helicopter pilot in the 1991 Gulf War and in Somalia. He has been an executive with QTC Medical Services and CEO of Lathian Systems, a company he founded. He is a popular public speaker and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows offering reflections on Vietnam. He lives in California with his wife, Shannon. Visit the author's website at www.asenseofduty.com.From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Presidio Press. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Who lost the Vietnam War? By Vietnamese refugee turned U.S. Marine Pham's account, it wasn't the much-maligned South Vietnamese soldier.

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Quang Pham came to the United States as a child just before April 1975, along with his mother and three sisters. His father, Pham Van Hoa, a South Vietnamese Air Force pilot, remain a captive of th

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Five years later, under a special U.S.-Vietnamese program, Quang Pham managed to bring his father to the United States, where they were reunited in Pham's home in Orange County, Calif.

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