Former South Vietnamese Col. Thong Nguyen, left, shakes hands with retired Brig. Gen. Joe Potter during a dinner to honor Vietnamese veterans on June 19 at King's Land Restaurant in Denver. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)
Vietnamese veterans honored at dinner in Denver
Former, current Vietnamese veterans shared experiences of military services
By Joe Nguyen, AsiaXpress.com
June 21, 2010
Former South Vietnamese soldiers pose with retired Brig. Gen. Joe Potter, center, during a dinner to honor Vietnamese veterans on June 19 at King's Land Restaurant in Denver.
DENVER – Vietnamese veterans were honored during a dinner on June 19 at King's Land Restaurant.
More than 100 were in attendance as the veterans, many dressed in military uniforms, performed a variety of rituals and shared their experiences.
"I spent so many years flying and fighting in South Vietnam ... to me, this is an opportunity to pay respect and honor all of my brothers who fought together in Vietnam for freedom of democracy," retired Brig. Gen. Joe Potter said.
Potter, who flew more than 400 combat missions during his three tours in Vietnam, said he developed a camaraderie with his allied soldiers
"It's just an honor for me to pay this respect," he said. "I feel very humbled being invited, being warmly received into the Vietnamese community because I feel such a brotherhood."
Nam Nguyen, a former 1st lieutenant with the South Vietnamese Air Force, was honored at the event. Potter read Nguyen's silver star proclaimation, an award he received in March. Nguyen led a group of helicopters on a search party to find American soldiers missing in action on Dec. 15, 1973. Shortly after they landed, the group was attacked. However, Nguyen was still able to rescue a group of American soldiers.