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Once sailor, forever sailor

Monday, April 8, 2013

Memory USS KIRK Coin ghi nhớ trợ giúp nhân đạo của Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ đã cứu vớt trên 30 ngàn người Việt tị nạn trên biển Đông.



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 Trần "Kirk" Giáng Tiên, cô bé đã sinh ra trên Khu Trục Hạm USS Kirk.

Để kỷ niệm ngày 30 tháng 4- 1975  về  cuộc ra đi tìm tự do của Người Việt tị nạn.  Đệ Thất Hạm Đội Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ đang phát hành đồng tiền kỷ  niệm Memory USS KIRK Coin ghi nhớ trợ giúp nhân đạo của Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ đã cứu vớt trên 30 ngàn người Việt  tị  nạn trên biển Đông.



Crew from the USS KIRK reach a South Vietnamese navy ship, HQ-402 LAM GIANG, overflowing with refugees near Con Son Island on May 1st, 1975.

Muốn có được đồng tiền kỷ niệm Memory USS KIRK COIN & DVD vinh danh Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ & Quân Lực VNCH. 


$25 cho 1 package bao gồm:

- 1 Memory USS Kirk Coin

- 4 DVD về cuộc ra đi tìm tự do của Người Việt tị nạn  

- 1 t tiền giấy $500 VNCH lưu niệm



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USS KIRK ASSOCIATION

6916 BIRKENHEAD PL

GAINESVILLE, VA 20155


A UH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter lowers an external load of cargo to the deck of the destroyer escort ship USS KIRK (FF-1087).


Contact

Captain Paul H. Jacobs 




LINK: Memory USS KIRK Coin – 30 seconds Adv. on SBTN 
https://vimeo.com/57246058 
Here, a member of the USS KIRK´s crew tends to a Vietnamese baby.
 

DVD Vinh Danh US Navy & Quân Lực VNCH : Ghi lại hình ảnh lần đầu tiên sau 37 năm, Cộng Đồng VN chính thức có 1 buổi lễ long trọng tại Nhà  Thờ  Kiếng Crystal Cathedral  để Vinh Danh & Tri Ân Đệ Thất Hạm Đội Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ & Quân Lực VNCH đã cứu vớt người tị nan VN. Đây là buổi  hội ngộ của gần 3000 đồng hương VN tại hải ngoại với Phó Đề  Đốc US Navy, HQ Đại Tá Đỗ  Kiểm, những Cựu Chỉ Huy Trưởng &Thuỷ Thủ Đoàn của US Navy & cựu chiến sĩ  VNCH. Chương Trình   Văn Nghệ đầy ý nghĩa Quốc Hận 30-4. Với  MC Diệu Quyên, Việt Dzũng, Đỗ Tân Khoa, Kim Oanh. Ca Sĩ: Philip Huy, Phương Hồng Quế, Mai Vy ,Thái Hà, Trang Thanh Lan, Quang Duy, Dạ Lan, Quốc Toản, Đan Vy.  Ca Đoàn: Ngàn Khơi & Vũ Đoàn Viêt Cầm. 

How to Steal a Navy and Save 30,000 Refugees


 In Subic Bay on May 8, 1975, American flags fly on what legally had been the last sovereign territory of the Repbulic of Vietnam, the 32 South Vietnam navy ships that were led there by Kirk. (National Archives).

......."That was the last vestige of South Vietnam," said Rick Sauter, one of Kirk's officers who took command of a Vietnamese ship. "When those flags came down and the American flags went up, that was it. Because a Navy ship is sovereign territory, that was the last sovereign territory of the Republic of South Vietnam."
 Before the Republic of Vietnam flags were lowered, thousands of people on the ships started to sing the national anthem of South Vietnam, Nay cong dan oi….(Oh, citizens of the country….). "Their voices soared over the waters," Captain Do recalled. "When they lower the flag, they cry, cry, cry."  
On May 7, the ships, all flying American flags, were allowed to enter Subic Bay. They were eventually transferred to the Philippine navy.
In Subic Bay on May 8, 1975, American flags fly on what legally had been the last sovereign territory of the Repbulic of Vietnam, the 32 South Vietnam navy ships that were led there by Kirk. (National Archives)


Alongside the flagship






  
For the Vietnamese it was just the beginning of a long journey to new lives. For the men of Kirk, ending their tour of duty by saving 30,000 Vietnamese refugees had a profound impact on their lives.
Abandoned VN refugee boats
"We had gone to Vietnam with the expectation of combat," Cox recalled. "When we got there we found combat wasn't needed, but hearts and hands instead. Our experience was totally different from our brothers who walked the fields in combat. We were there to save life, not destroy it."
"This was the highlight of my career," Kirk Commander Jacobs said recently. "Most of us never get the chance to command under such stressful circumstances and I'm very proud of what we did."

( Images, coutersy from USS Kirk 1087 Website)
 http://forums.kirk1087.org/

 Trần "Kirk" Giáng Tiên, cô bé đã sinh ra trên USS Kirk.
http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/warfare-modern-age/62630-lucky-few-story-uss-kirk-ff-1087-a.html

 
KIRK Giang Tien (10 days) / in the background was the tent city of the refugees in Guam.


KIRK Giang Tien (4 months).


KIRK Giang Tien (2005).


KIRK Giang Tien (2010).


Paul Jacobs, captain of the KIRK, was first reunited with Lan Tran (left) and her daughter, KIRK Giang Tien (right), named after the KIRK, in 2005. Since then, the pair has formed close friendships with the crew members and other refugees. Here, they meet again at a reunion in July 2010 in Virginia....

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