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Date Posted: Thu, May 04 2006, 16:32:39
Author: Jeff Northridge
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Subject: Suggestion
In reply to: stephan nguyen 's message, "Re: help me find out who my grandfather was" on Tue, May 02 2006, 23:48:13

Howdy Stephan;

If you are really serious about this, I would recommend that you request a copy of your mother's birth cetificate from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. It might contain your maternal grandfather's name. Is your maternal grandmother still alive? She might be able to provide some information that might be helpful like what branch of service that your grandfather was in or what his rank was.

As I recall, Vietnamese (like most Asians) put the family name first and the given names last. Does that mean that your maternal grandmother's family name is "Lai" or did you switch it around to Western format or did you omit her family name entirely?

I did a little reseach on MAAGV and found out that the total of U.S. military personnel in Vietnam was about 1000 in 1961 which rose to over 11,000 in late 1963. (See http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/Vietnam/devtrainrvn/ch2.htm ). There wasn't much about Danang, but some small special forces units were there as "advisors".

If you could just nail down your grandfather's branch of service, then that would be a big help.

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