Today, on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, we share the story of Dr. Minh Nguyen. His life began as a Vietnamese refugee whose heroic family barely escaped war-torn South Vietnam in 1975.
Forty years later, a long odyssey of perseverance and personal triumph has led Nguyen to become a highly esteemed doctor with U.S. HealthWorks.
Dr. Nguyen has been with U.S. HealthWorks for eight years and risen to prominence as the occupational healthcare company’s Western Division Vice President of Medical. He oversees the Southern California and Arizona regions, which includes 56 medical centers.
At age 3, Nguyen escaped with 41 relatives aboard a South Vietnamese Navy vessel during the fall of Saigon. He was literally clinging to his father’s neck as his family climbed a ship’s ladder with a horde of other frightened refugees who were desperate to escape as the fall of Saigon was imminent.
The escape effort was most likely a do-or-die situation for the entire family since Nguyen’s father was a member of the South Vietnam Army and the communist North Vietnamese soldiers were nearing Saigon.
In an interview with KOGO News Radio in San Diego yesterday, Dr. Nguyen shared his story. Click to listen.