Vietnamese children of U.S. soldiers lobby for citizenship

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Photo: Huy Duc Nguyen, right, of Dallas hugs a friend at the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., where he and other Amerasians a ' children of Vietnamese women and American soldiers a ' lobbied ...
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Thomas Byrd

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Oct 13, 2008
 
A very interesting story and quite moving. I was in Vietnam in Chu Lai area 1968-1969.
A friend told me later that I may have fathered a child there, but I was never sure.

I do have a photograph of the young lady with maybe a name written on the back of the picture.

I would like to know for sure.

Sincerely.
Tom
Mesha

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Nov 27, 2008
 
Greetings today I was awakened with this insistant urge to seek out any information possible concerning a story my grandmother told me about my father and the Vietnam War she showed me pictures of my father with a Vietnamese woman. My father told me stories about his experiences in Vietnam such as he went AWOL for 2 years and lived with the Vietnamese people. I have often wondered how many children my father may have fathered in Vietnam. We are very certain that he did. He fathered about 13 or 14 African American children when he returned from the war. We range from late 40's to early 20's. This story is astonishing and also not so unbelievable or different from my own experience in America being an African American with a mixed back ground. My grandmother and father are now passed over. I would like to know how to find any siblings I may have from Vietnam. They should be in their late 40's I suppose. Thank you for writing this story it has helped calm my eternal spirit. I will continue my search.

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Mesha
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Anniston, AL

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Nov 27, 2008
 
Thomas Byrd wrote:
A very interesting story and quite moving. I was in Vietnam in Chu Lai area 1968-1969.
A friend told me later that I may have fathered a child there, but I was never sure.
I do have a photograph of the young lady with maybe a name written on the back of the picture.
I would like to know for sure.
Sincerely.
Tom
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Bob

Newton Falls, OH

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Jan 14, 2009
 
I served during the Vietnam War era in Europe. Your story was very moving and really helped me understand issues unknown to me.
I wish you all the luck in the world and I will maintain a sympathetic and compassionate patriot of your cause.
You are deserving of an American Citizenship without the testing and other limits placed on you by immigration machinery.
Thank you for enlightening me with your essay.
brian hjort

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Feb 1, 2009
 
Hi

My name is Brian Hjort, I am the founder of father Founded,that helps amerasians,and Vietnam veterans to locate each other for free.
I can help you to look for your fathers exlady.
sincerely
www.fatherfounded.org
brihj@hotmail.com
Mesha wrote:
Greetings today I was awakened with this insistant urge to seek out any information possible concerning a story my grandmother told me about my father and the Vietnam War she showed me pictures of my father with a Vietnamese woman. My father told me stories about his experiences in Vietnam such as he went AWOL for 2 years and lived with the Vietnamese people. I have often wondered how many children my father may have fathered in Vietnam. We are very certain that he did. He fathered about 13 or 14 African American children when he returned from the war. We range from late 40's to early 20's. This story is astonishing and also not so unbelievable or different from my own experience in America being an African American with a mixed back ground. My grandmother and father are now passed over. I would like to know how to find any siblings I may have from Vietnam. They should be in their late 40's I suppose. Thank you for writing this story it has helped calm my eternal spirit. I will continue my search.
Sincerely
Mesha
Regina Antrom

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Apr 3, 2009
 

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I, as an American Citizen who happens to be black. It is once again disgraceful to see that even in foreign countries Blacks are discriminated against. Our government did every thing posssiboe to get the white Viet Namese Children out and adopted, but left the Black Viet Namese children to suffer the fate that they experience now. Another black mark on the character of the United States. Racism is still alive and well here in the USA and yes we are "cpwards" not to come forth and do something aboutit.
C GALLERITO

Alhambra, CA

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Apr 21, 2009
 

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I was an Army nurse in Vietnam and while there I would see many ameriasian children on the streets but especially in orphanages. It was heartbreaking to see them left behind. I am sorry to read that many of them are unable to find their fathers but I hope they will continue to seek US citizenship because they deserve to be citizens and live in this country if they wish. God bless you all.

Since: Feb 09

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Apr 21, 2009
 
No different then the 1000's of children abandoned in the Philippines over the years and especially after the base closed.

Only in this case, there was no war to separate them, just the fathers for the most part didnt want to know, that way they didnt have to care.
Ken

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Jun 18, 2009
 
Due to my injuries I was transport out of Vietnam 95% paralazied in June 1971.
I left behind The mother of my child being 8 months Pregnant. And I have never see or hear from my son/daughterand and my girl friend since that fateful day.
The sad thing is that I am not able to spell her name. However, it sound something like Su-lin She was also called short round.She lived in Bon-Sun
I mourn daily because of this one thing.
IF YOU KNOW OF HOW I COULD BETTER SEARCH FOR THEM PLEASE TELL ME.
Mina

Henderson, NV

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Jul 23, 2009
 
Ken wrote:
Due to my injuries I was transport out of Vietnam 95% paralazied in June 1971.
I left behind The mother of my child being 8 months Pregnant. And I have never see or hear from my son/daughterand and my girl friend since that fateful day.
The sad thing is that I am not able to spell her name. However, it sound something like Su-lin She was also called short round.She lived in Bon-Sun
I mourn daily because of this one thing.
IF YOU KNOW OF HOW I COULD BETTER SEARCH FOR THEM PLEASE TELL ME.
Iam So Sorry To Hear That If i see any info I Will Let U Know
Liz

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Jan 18, 2010
 
Are you African American?
Liz

Redmond, WA

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Jan 18, 2010
 
Are you African American? I was born in 1971 and lived at an orphanage. My father was black and mom vietnamese. I was adopted in 1975 to an American family.
Ken wrote:
Due to my injuries I was transport out of Vietnam 95% paralazied in June 1971.
I left behind The mother of my child being 8 months Pregnant. And I have never see or hear from my son/daughterand and my girl friend since that fateful day.
The sad thing is that I am not able to spell her name. However, it sound something like Su-lin She was also called short round.She lived in Bon-Sun
I mourn daily because of this one thing.
IF YOU KNOW OF HOW I COULD BETTER SEARCH FOR THEM PLEASE TELL ME.
Abram

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Regina Antrom wrote:
I, as an American Citizen who happens to be black. It is once again disgraceful to see that even in foreign countries Blacks are discriminated against. Our government did every thing posssiboe to get the white Viet Namese Children out and adopted, but left the Black Viet Namese children to suffer the fate that they experience now. Another black mark on the character of the United States. Racism is still alive and well here in the USA and yes we are "cpwards" not to come forth and do something aboutit.
Can you drop the racism **** already. SOOOOO sick of it.
Crackers

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Jan 21, 2010
 
The Vietnamese people always looked down on prostitutes who serviced black GI's. And, none of the half-black Amerasians had a chance for adoption. Most were sold later as "slaves". I'm not sure the half-white orphans fared much better. Quite a difference from the way the French treated this same problem..

In 1954, when the French withdrew from Vietnam, they took 4,000 French-Vietnamese children to be raised in France. Forty centers in France were established to receive and care for them. When a Vietnamese mother chose to keep her child, she received support payments until the child was 8. The French also provided educational benefits to those children who remained in Vietnam.
Duy

Chicago, IL

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Mar 12, 2010
 
Liz wrote:
Are you African American? I was born in 1971 and lived at an orphanage. My father was black and mom vietnamese. I was adopted in 1975 to an American family.
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Hi Liz and everyone,

I need your helps on this. If you happen ever involved in the process of searching for a child who was adopted by an American family from Vietnam before 1975, please take a moment to share with me your experience.

I have an Auntie, my uncle’s wife. She has a younger sister who was adopted by an American medical doctor through a local Catholic church in around 1964 - 1965. The exact time is not certain because the family were not informed of the actual departure date while her sister was staying at the church dues to her serious illness at the time. The church later got burn down very badly during the 1975 invasion, and most of the legal documentation had totally destroyed. My Auntie no longer has any picture of her sister, other than just a description of an image and the outfits that her sister was wearing in a couple old pictures that she believes the church had in the adoption files. There are also some personal information regarding her birthday, original hometown, birth-name, and other personal information that I have in a letter from my Auntie.

I realize that this is, by far, a long, long shot for locating someone based on so little information. As a matter of fact, whether her sister is still alive or not is also another question. Even if she is still alive, which means she is by now at her early 50s, there is a good chance that she might not remember much of childhood. However, for my Auntie and her very sadly family background from a little village, I wanted to give it a year or two to try locating her long-lost sister.

I am currently looking into several sources for the search. I came across this page and wanted to post up this message here with my sincere hope that someone might have some good ideas on this matter.

I will explore other sources as well, as I continue on this search. However, I am also seriously hoping that some of you might have known something that could help me shorten the time on reading those lengthy materials. Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions.

Sincerely, thank you for your time in advance!!
luc pham

Sachse, TX

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Mar 23, 2010
 
iam amerasain and i am currently looking for my father seen iam been U,S,1993 but till not locating him,his name is. JAMES OLIVER COLEMAN, I till got his picture with me and i know befor 1975 he leaving' park, NEVADA,enybody can help me pleses ,I WAS born in, saigon,1971,and wite amersain,now currently,in GARLAND,TEXAS, 75042,
Kimberly Coffin

Albany, NY

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Apr 13, 2010
 
My father name is Robert G. Coffin when he was in vietnam as a gi he may have father a child by a vietnamese woman he nickname mosquito. My father is biracial half french, half black. I imagine the child is beautiful, he or she should be in there early 40's now. Please if anyone has any informationlet me know my family has so much love and i would hate for any of my relatives or siblings to be in the world with the love we have to give them.
Kimberly Coffin

Albany, NY

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Apr 13, 2010
 
My father name is Robert G. Coffin when he was in vietnam as a gi he may have father a child by a vietnamese woman he nickname mosquito. My father is biracial half french, half black. I imagine the child is beautiful, he or she should be in thier
early 40's now. Please if anyone has any information let me know my family has so much love and i would hate for any of my relatives or siblings to be in the world without the love we have to give them.

Since: Oct 09

Philadelphia, PA

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Apr 13, 2010
 
if the american fathers don't come forward, how will they be able to prove that they are half american?
Kimberly

Albany, NY

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Apr 13, 2010
 
My dad will do what he can, he just dont know much about computers.

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