You're A First: Col. Viet Luong

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's not like I'm not happy to hear about this, but at the same time I can't help but think to myself why did it take so long and why the hell did it take so long.

And then I remember everything about the Vietnam War, the 70's, being an immigrant, and not being able to President.

Little steps I guess.

Little steps.

In front of a crowd of hundreds, Col. Viet Luong made history last week, becoming the first general born in Vietnam in the history of the U.S. military, during a ceremony last week at Fort Hood.

Brig. Gen. Luong came to the United States as a 10-year-old child in 1975 during Operation Frequent Wind after the fall of Saigon. Along with his parents and seven siblings, he briefly lived in a resettlement camp in Arkansas before ultimately settling in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Southern California, graduating in 1987, before joining the Army.

“As a Vietnamese American, and as an immigrant, I am a symbol of democracy, of freedom, of justice, of our constitution.” Luong told NBC affiliate KXAN. “I live everyday trying to live up to the honor and prestige of one of the owners of that.”