Escaping Vietnam: Dale Tran

Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fled Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war in the spring of 1975. They ran from the oppression of the communists. In many cases they ran to save their lives. Dale Tran’s family was among the thousands who escaped.

In this video, Tran recounts his family’s heroic journey to the United States. In the beginning his parents planned to leave for a short period of time and return to their homeland once the Americans won the war. But for their family, that return would never happen. “What started out as a temporary leave of absence turned into a permanent leave of absence,” Tran said.

Tran’s story is one of many. On Tuesday April 28 at 8 p.m. tune into Alaska Public Media to watch the premiere of Last Days in Vietnam. This film focuses on the personal stories of people living in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in April of 1975. It details the days leading up to the mass evacuation of U.S. military and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese citizens like the Tran family.