Nguyen Hoang Minh and
Hyunh Thi Nhi visit to U.S.A.
                                     

 

 

 

 

 

https://vimeo.com/114395606         The Why of Minh

 

A Bond Unbroken -  Story of Minh, Vietnamese SEAL Operator/translator

 

SEALs, All Generations, HELP Old Minh with $$ to survive in "Commie" Vietnam please contact "Doc" Riojas if you care to send a few bucks for Minh's monthly allowance check.    You will receive a SEAL coin if donation is more than 25 bucks.   Thank you very much                                     

Navy "Doc Rio"  SEAL Challenge Coin.


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas   Challenge Coin:  SEAL/UDT Vietnam era.

Anyone want one of these Doc Rio coins;   Please Donate $20.00 to Minh's fund. Email me to get my snail mail address so that i can accept you check and mail you the coin.   

Email: docrio45  [at]  gmail  DOT  com

                         Thank you very much.     

                 Please DO NOT order through my eBay Account.   Thank You

 

 

Nguyen Hoang Minh   CLICK on above photo to read the Story !

 


Minh, VN interpreter

 

              

 

 

 

                             

 

 

 

Bởi Mike Hixenbaugh The Virginian-Pilot © Tháng Mười 23, 2015 VIRGINIA BEACH

Mười ngàn đô la.

Trải qua bốn năm.

Nó không có vẻ như nhiều, đặc biệt là theo tiêu chuẩn Mỹ.

Nhưng trong một ngôi làng nhỏ ở nông thôn Việt Nam, đóng góp này có thể thay đổi tương lai của cả gia đ́nh - và có thể giúp trả một món nợ 50-năm-tuổi.

Nhu Nguyen đă không yêu cầu tiền.

Ông nội của cô, Nguyễn Hoàng Minh, chảy máu cho nó.

Các thông dịch viên t́nh nguyện chiến đấu cũ để chiến đấu bên cạnh một số các SEAL của Hải quân đầu tiên tại Việt Nam, hướng dẫn họ trên hàng trăm nhiệm vụ ban đêm bí mật sâu trong lănh thổ đối phương - làm việc bây giờ được ghi nhận trong truyền thuyết SEAL sớm.

Nhưng khi chiến tranh kết thúc, Minh đă không nhận được để lại với các biệt kích. Hiệp hội của ông với "The Men Với Faces Green," như Việt Cộng đă biết đến họ, sẽ khiến ông mất.

Hai năm trong một trại tù cộng sản. Nhiều thập kỷ làm việc trong các lĩnh vực và làm những công việc lặt vặt cho lương ít ỏi. Không có cách nào để có được trước.

Khi đồng đội SEAL cũ của ông cuối cùng đă t́m thấy anh ta một vài năm trước đây, Minh đă sống trong một túp lều tranh nhỏ với một mái bị dột và một nền đất, nơi ông và vợ của ông đă nuôi cháu.

Các huynh đệ SEAL sứt mẻ để nâng cấp nhà Minh. Sau đó, họ đă gửi cho anh tiền để trang trải chi phí y tế. Nuôi sống gia đ́nh. Điền vào các thùng xăng của xe máy của ḿnh. Họ trả tiền để đưa ông ta tới Băi biển Virginia hai năm trước, hoàn thành giấc mơ của ḿnh để xem Mỹ trước khi ông chết.

Và bây giờ, trong tuần này, có lẽ là đóng góp quan trọng nhất của tất cả: Hải quân SEAL Foundation đă đồng ư trả tiền để gửi Nhu, cháu gái lớn của ông, Đại học Quốc gia tại Việt Nam.

"Đó là một chút bên ngoài của những ǵ chúng ta thường làm," Robin King, SEAL Foundation Giám đốc điều hành cho biết. "Nhưng khi một người nào đó quan trọng như Minh cần hỗ trợ, chúng tôi sẵn sàng để flex sứ mệnh của chúng tôi và làm những ǵ chúng tôi có thể."

The $ 2,500 một năm cho học phí và lệ phí không phải là nhiều để làm từ thiện SEAL lớn nhất của quốc gia, lănh đạo cơ sở thừa nhận.

Nhưng ở Việt Nam, số tiền có thể nâng một gia đ́nh thoát khỏi đói nghèo - đảm bảo con cháu Minh sẽ không phải chiến đấu như anh đă làm, ông Rick Woolard, đội trưởng SEAL về hưu, người đă dẫn đầu những nỗ lực để giúp thông dịch viên cũ của ḿnh.

Woolard và hai cựu chiến binh khác trở về Việt Nam vào đầu năm nay đến thăm Minh và gia đ́nh ông. Ở đó, họ nở ư tưởng gửi đứa cháu gái học đại học.

"Minh hiện đang ở độ tuổi giữa 70 và trong không sức khỏe," Woolard đă viết trong một email để SEAL lănh đạo Quỹ đầu tháng này. "Sau khi ông qua đời, triển vọng của gia đ́nh để thoát nghèo là ảm đạm. Hy vọng duy nhất trên đường chân trời là cháu gái của Minh."

Như đă là một học sinh sao chỉ để được chấp nhận vào các trường đại học, Woolard nói. Nhưng nếu không có sự giúp đỡ tài chính, cô ấy sẽ không thể đi.

Cháu gái của Minh muốn trở thành một dược sĩ.

Lớp học bắt đầu vào mùa xuân tới tại thành phố Hồ Chí Minh.

 

 

 

                                   

                                                                        Ronald "Ron" Yeaw, Capt USN Ret, US Navy SEAL

 

                               

 

 

                                          

                                             Minh and "Eagle" Gallagher
Navy SEALs announce reunion 45 years in the making

ideagardendonna#391803   Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:52 p.m., updated June 26, 2013   Navy SEALs announce reunion 45 years in the making  Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:52 p.m., updated June 26, 2013 at 1:55 p.m. 

VERO BEACH — The weekend of July 20 the Navy SEALs will take part in a reunion 45 years in the making. 

The National Navy SEAL Museum in conjunction with the Navy SEAL Foundation and UDT-SEAL Association is pleased to announce that Nguyen Hoang Minh, and his wife, Hyunh Thi Nhi, will make their first visit to the U.S. to be reunited with members of SEAL Team Two whom they assisted during the Vietnam War. 

A Vietnamese interpreter and operator, Minh worked hand-in-hand with numerous SEAL Team Two platoons. After having lost contact for more than 40 years, retired Brown Water Navy Officer John Donovan eventually located Minh. Minh and his wife will be the honored guests of over 5,000 former and active duty SEALs and their families at the Navy SEAL annual reunion at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA over the July 20th weekend. 

In the Mekong Delta in the late 1960’s Minh and his wife risked everything to assist the Navy SEALs in numerous dangerous operations. Minh was wounded several times in his work as undercover intelligence source, point man, gunman and translator. And he’s one of a kind. He’s the only Vietnamese civilian to have acted in this capacity with SEAL platoons during the war, and has become a somewhat mythical figure in Vietnam-era SEAL lore. 

His wife’s role was also significant, as she became the primary contact for “intel” on the Viet Cong. Together their contributions marked a turning point in SEAL mission success. Over the last few years it has taken fundraising, government cooperation, and SEAL perseverance to make this historic trip a reality. 

Before traveling to Virginia, the couple will spend time at the Navy SEAL Museum while staying at the Trident House located in Sebastian, a private home donated to the Navy SEAL Museum and located nearby. The house is used as an “R&R” accommodation for SEALs and their families. Several of the couple’s old friends from SEAL platoons will visit and even stay with them at Trident House. 

For more information, contact: UDT-SEAL Museum Executive Director Rick Kaiser, 772-595-5845 x205, rick@navysealmuseum.com or Mary Ann Koenig, 917-656-2800, mak@r-dog.biz 

This story is contributed by a member of the Treasure Coast community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with TCPalm.com 

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/jun/26/navy-seals-announce-reunion-45-years-in-the-making/

 

 

                                                                  
                                                                       Nguyen H oang Minh & Wife

 

 


  NGUYEN-HOANG-MINH
                                         U.S.Navy SEAL Interpreter

 

 

   

 

---- Original Message -----
From: John Donovan
To: mcdavitt_fred;; doc riojas
Cc: peter.huchthausen ; taz_diemtrang
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 
Subject: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Gentlemen, 

As you know, I have been working to track down Minh recently. I think I have found him living outside of My Tho. (see below email from Lung's daughter Trang who lives in the Dallas area). Lung is the co-author of "Echo's of the Mekong" with Peter Huchthausen and knows Minh and has kept in touch over the years. He was a great help to all of us who worked with him--both on the river as an interpreter and late with Seal Team 2. 

The purpose of the is email is to see if we can help Minh and his family emigrate to the US--He has been unable to do so because he lacks documentation that he served with the US Forces. I believe we can help by writing letters confirming his service with both the River Sections (531, etc. and Seal Team Two from 1967 to 1971. I intend to contact Minh directly to get more info. as to how we can help. As you may know, this is a common issue for many So. Vietnamese Vets who served with us without any remaining records of their service 

In the mean time if you can help find any other Seal Team officers that might be able to write a letter for Minh--He mentions some names Boink (would this be Moose Boitnott??) Murphy, Quiet, Shutman, Bishop, Woolard .

--Doc, If you have any contact that worked with Minh in Seal Team 2-- and could verify his service that would be great. 

--Fred, I know you told me a story about how you "hired" Minh to work for the PBR's--and if you could write a letter confirming this that would be helpful. I will do the same for the time after you left in March 1967.. 

I have been wondering about Minh for the last 40 years..He was a close friend and a tremendous asset on the boats. 

Best regards, John J. Donovan

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-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Peterson 
To: Doc Riojas    docrio45 [at] gmail  DOT com
Cc: John Donovan 
Sent: Tue, 6 May 2008 
Subject: Re: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Letter certifying the employment of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh as an operational interpreter. 

During the time period October 1967 through March 1968 I was the platoon officer for the Seventh Platoon of SEAL Team Two. The Platoon was assigned to the US Navy River Patrol Force in My Tho, RVN. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh worked for the platoon as an operational interpreter.

 In this capacity he accompanied the platoon on operational missions and provided on scene combat interpreter services. Mr. Minh was a key member of the platoon and made very important contributions to the units operational success. Mr. Minh was instrumental in assisting the platoon to question the local inhabitants in the area of operations to identify the enemy combatants in the area and to ensure that the innocent locals were not mistaken for combatants.

 Mr. Minh was a totally reliable, honest and trustworthy individual. He was also very courageous and accompanied the SEALs into very dangerous enemy held areas, always wanting to make any contribution he could to the units success and safety 

I accompanied Mr. Minh to the MACV headquarters in Saigon and assisted with his application to be hired as an official interpreter for the US Military. I can certify that he was officially hired by MACV. 

I strongly recommend that Mr. Minh receive every consideration in his application to immigrate to the United States. He served the US Military honorably, with courage and dedication. I am fully confident that he will continue to show his love of the USA here in America. 

Robert W. Peterson Captain US Navy, retired

 

 

 

                        
Standing: Lt. to Rt: Minh, Hook Tuure, Jack Rowell, Bob "Eagle" Gallagher, Roy Dean Matthews. Sitting: Erasmo "Doc" Riojas 
  SEAL Team TWO, 7th Platoon 1967-'68 MyTho, Vietnam.  Other members not in picture: Lt. Peterson, CWO Charlie Watson, Gene Fraley, Curtis Ashton, Mike Boynton, Chuck Jesse. Billy Burbank was sent to work with the P.R.U.s

 

 

 

                                        Schedule for Nguyen Hoang Minh and Hyunh Thi Nhi visit to Florida

July 2013 Saturday  6 July 2013

Minh and Nhi (pronounced Nee) arrive Orlando

Staying at Trident House 6016 Island Harbor Road

Sunday  7 July 2013 13:00 -- Visit with Lilly Nguyen (local Vietnamese business owner) and  family at Trident House, Sebastian

Monday 8 July 2013  15:00 -- Minh and Nhi arrive UDT-SEAL Museum  15:30 -- 16:00 Minh’s SEAL Team members and friends arrive at UDT-SEAL Museum A camera crew will be at the museum to document the reunions

Tuesday 9 July 2013    Minh and Nhi at Trident house, visitors welcome   8:00 -- Cocktail Party at Mary Ann Koenig’s home  965 Reef Lane  Vero Beach, Fl 32963   

Wednesday 10 July 2013  9:00 -- film crew arrives at Trident House to begin set up and record interviews with Minh, Nhi and SEAL Team Members and friends.  Interpreter/translator will be on site.

Thursday 11 July 2013

Open day  Activities TBD

Friday  Activities TBD

Saturday Depart Florida for Little Creek Va. home of SEAL Team TWO.

 

     

 

     
                 Minh's 1st Wife and his Children                                                             Minh in 2009 at his home in Vietnam

 


The Trident House which was donated to the UDT SEAL Museum.  Thisis where Minh stayed during his visit to Fort Pierce FL.  Doc Rio spent one night there visiting Minh and John Donnovan.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nguyen Hoang Minh and Hyunh Thi Nhi

 


John Donnovan and Nguyen H. Minh

 


Minh and John Donnovan

 


                                           Doc Riojas, Mary Ann Koenig and  I FORGOT his name< sorry>

 


 Robert "Eagle" Gallagher and Minh

 

 
Robert "Eagle" Gallagher and Minh

 

 
Frank Spatt & Minh

 


Doc Riojas & Captain Olson

 

 


  NGUYEN-HOANG-MINH
                                         U.S.Navy SEAL Interpreter

 

 

   

 

---- Original Message -----
From: John Donovan
To: mcdavitt_fred;; doc riojas
Cc: peter.huchthausen ; taz_diemtrang
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 
Subject: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Gentlemen, 

As you know, I have been working to track down Minh recently. I think I have found him living outside of My Tho. (see below email from Lung's daughter Trang who lives in the Dallas area). Lung is the co-author of "Echo's of the Mekong" with Peter Huchthausen and knows Minh and has kept in touch over the years. He was a great help to all of us who worked with him--both on the river as an interpreter and late with Seal Team 2. 

The purpose of the is email is to see if we can help Minh and his family emigrate to the US--He has been unable to do so because he lacks documentation that he served with the US Forces. I believe we can help by writing letters confirming his service with both the River Sections (531, etc. and Seal Team Two from 1967 to 1971. I intend to contact Minh directly to get more info. as to how we can help. As you may know, this is a common issue for many So. Vietnamese Vets who served with us without any remaining records of their service 

In the mean time if you can help find any other Seal Team officers that might be able to write a letter for Minh--He mentions some names Boink (would this be Moose Boitnott??) Murphy, Quiet, Shutman, Bishop, Woolard .

--Doc, If you have any contact that worked with Minh in Seal Team 2-- and could verify his service that would be great. 

--Fred, I know you told me a story about how you "hired" Minh to work for the PBR's--and if you could write a letter confirming this that would be helpful. I will do the same for the time after you left in March 1967.. 

I have been wondering about Minh for the last 40 years..He was a close friend and a tremendous asset on the boats. 

Best regards, John J. Donovan

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-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Peterson 
To: Doc Riojas    docrio45 [at] gmail  DOT com
Cc: John Donovan 
Sent: Tue, 6 May 2008 
Subject: Re: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Letter certifying the employment of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh as an operational interpreter. 

During the time period October 1967 through March 1968 I was the platoon officer for the Seventh Platoon of SEAL Team Two. The Platoon was assigned to the US Navy River Patrol Force in My Tho, RVN. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh worked for the platoon as an operational interpreter.

 In this capacity he accompanied the platoon on operational missions and provided on scene combat interpreter services. Mr. Minh was a key member of the platoon and made very important contributions to the units operational success. Mr. Minh was instrumental in assisting the platoon to question the local inhabitants in the area of operations to identify the enemy combatants in the area and to ensure that the innocent locals were not mistaken for combatants.

 Mr. Minh was a totally reliable, honest and trustworthy individual. He was also very courageous and accompanied the SEALs into very dangerous enemy held areas, always wanting to make any contribution he could to the units success and safety 

I accompanied Mr. Minh to the MACV headquarters in Saigon and assisted with his application to be hired as an official interpreter for the US Military. I can certify that he was officially hired by MACV. 

I strongly recommend that Mr. Minh receive every consideration in his application to immigrate to the United States. He served the US Military honorably, with courage and dedication. I am fully confident that he will continue to show his love of the USA here in America. 

Robert W. Peterson Captain US Navy, retired

        

Happy Minh in Florida USA

 

Robert "Eagle" Gallagher, Minh, Tinh, Ron Yeaw, Frank Spatt, Doc Riojas

 

 


 

From:  BOBURWELL  [at]  aol  DOT  com 

Bringing Minh to the Museum and to Little Creek.   Thank you guys for making this happen.

I have spent so much time wondering what happened to this one or that. Same as our reunions, we want to know how each other are and we should also want to know how those guys are. One of the LDNN officers that we trained in Rosey Rds was in a refugee camp and had written a letter, much like Minh wrote, asking if anyone could confirm that he was trained by us. I was the only one in ST2 that had knowledge of them coming here and was able to help the guy get out of a tent city that he had lived in for years.. 

Those of you who were involved in bringing him here are to be highly commended for being true to what we as human beings should be -- our fellow man.
 Thank you Teammate for your efforts, 
Bo

 


Minh departed Ft. Pierce to Little Creek VA and from there the SEALs took him to Washington D.C. to the Vietnam Wall.

 


Minh hosted by Navy SEALs at Little Creek Va.  Lt. to Rt: John Tran, Norm Olson, Rick Woolard, Rudy Boesch, Minh, Tinh, John Donnovan, Jim Madison, Chuck Williams, Tuan Nguyen

 

 

       The LINK on sealtwo.org STORY about MINH

From: Dennis Keeffe 

Hi Doc Thank you for the link to sealtwo.org the story Minh was great I often Think of him and wandered what ever happened to him when we all left. I figured he was Wasted by the Vietcong I believed he had a Bounty levied on him. Thank God he maid it I imagine they maid life hell for him sense he worked for us. I don't know if you remember me or not But I remember you and a great number of team 2 I was privliged enough to be allowed to go out on that Mike battle wagon you guys had I think your Gunners mate on the Mike, the first time, was a GM called Rosey.

 I was a GM From NAS My Tho I went Through the TET Offensive In 68 and was one of the 4 that went to bring the Philippine Nurses Out of harms way. You did some thing for me that I never got to thank you for. You brought back a 9mm Pistol to the states for me, and then sending it to my Family in a box that said it was books .

 Well it got home OK and I kept it for a long time. I ended up staying in country for three more tours. You didn't come back to My Tho when the teem rotated back The Doc that came back was called Pee Wee and the gunner's Mate for the Mike boat was a guy named Kelly. 

Like I said I never got to Say Thank you for doing what you did for me It has been a great reminder to me to DO what you say you will do. And that has stuck with me all thees years. I am a stickler to that and always try to do what I say I will do. So once again

 Thank you

 Dennis Keeffe

 

Article from the VERO BEACH 

 

 


Standing: Lt-Rt: "Hook" Tuure, Jack Rowell, Curtis Ashton, Mike Boynton, Fred Keener, Roy Dean Matthews.   Sitting: Lt-Rt: Robert "Eagle" Gallagher, Erasmo "Doc" Riojas, K9 Rinney, Harry Constance, Lt. Robert "Pete" Peterson, Chuck Jesse

Minh's Visit to SEAL Team TWO, Little Creek VA HERE !

                     


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas and Nguyen Hoang Minh at Ft. Pierce FL July 2013

 


Translated by Kiet and Thuy Nguyen

 

 


John Donnovan and MINH

 

 


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas and Robert "Eagle" Gallagher

 

 


Minh and John Donnovan


Minh asked Bacsi Riojas for a made in USA zippo lighter with the SEAL emblem on it.   He got it !

 


The house built by donations from Navy SEALs that worked with Minh in Vietnam war and many other benevolent friends, even civilians helped with $$.

 

                                      TELEPHONE CALL TO MINH BY Doc Riojas

07Aug2013

I telephone Minh today. His English is very much improved with all the practice here in USA with us.  No kidding!   He said he was in Saigon at his workplace.  He said he enjoys working.

He also told me that his entire trip went well and that the "commies" did not bother him at all.

He was very grateful to the UDT SEAL Museum and the UDT SEAL Assn and all the folks that make his trip possible and most enjoyable.

Minh always asks about Gallagher.  I keep telling him that I am lucky that he answers his phone when i call him once in a blue moon.  No problema.  Eagle has always been that way and I am used to it.  I lived in the same hotel room with him for six months, I know him pretty well.

We did not talk about money.  That is unusual because before he came to USA he always asked for some help with his finances.  I am of the opinion that he was among friends that assured him that we would sending him an allotment check every month.  I promise you he will get it !

OK, fin, that is all,                   Erasmo Elijah "Doc" Riojas    

 

 

 

 Dream trip for Vietnam War translator 


Email From: OLSON  aka: Sky Fossil
To: All
Subj:  Dream trip for Vietnam War translator 


For two weeks in April, I had the privilege of being in the presence of a South Vietnamese war hero that fought alongside our River Patrol Force and SEAL Team TWO Detachments operating on the rivers in the southern most region of Vietnam. While I had served in Vietnam, I had never knew Minh other than by reputation. He spent the first week in Ft. Pierce, FL at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum and then in Virginia Beach, VA at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, which is the location of all East Coast Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) commands. The first attachment, an article from the Virginia Pilot, tells this story beautifully. 

A side bar to all of this was the outpouring of support from the Vietnamese communities in both locations, and in Virginia Beach, a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief,        name?               who came to this country from Vietnam as a boy, and his wife graciously took Minh and his wife into their home for the entire week. Throughout, when talking with the Vietnamese, to a person, they are very proud of the fact they are Americans, and each one is a success story in the occupations they have chosen. 

Shortly after I returned, a friend sent me the second attachment, an article about a speech made by a Vietnamese Immigrant. It is very fitting for this occasion, and it is something that everyone in America should read. 

2 attachments —

MINH IN Virginia Beach:  http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/va-beach-part-dream-trip-vietnam-war-translator

VIETNAMESEIMMIGRANT

http://www.vietnamesecommunityofhouston.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149:speech&catid=45:community-news


 

COMMENT to PILOTONLINE Newspaper ARTICLE:

Minh's Visit to USA ie: SEAL Musuem & LIttle Creek SEALs reunion
Submitted by docrio on Sun, 07/28/2013 at 1:19 am.


I , Erasmo "Doc" Riojaswas invited to visit with Minh at Ft. Pierce along with Mr. Donovan, Mr. Spatt, and Robert "Eagle" Gallagher who lives in that city.

Minh cried when he met us ! It was a kinda "choking" event because we all though he was killed by the Vietcong after the war (?) for lack of a better term.

I don't want to imply that "Eagle" was NOT in charge of the mentioned OP where Minh was wounded. Lt. Ron Yeaw was the OinC  (contrary to some seastories; this was NOT Ron's first combat Operation!) of that Operation, but when he became severely wounded, Bob Gallagher took over and got the guys out of the "Jaws of Death."

We were SEAL Team TWO, 7th Platoon, 1967-1968 based in MyTho Vietnam.  Our platoon suffered on KIA and To the best of my recollection every one was wounded at least once.  Awards for the 7th:  Navy Cross, 2 Silver Stars, 10 Bronze Stars,with "V", ~17 Purple Heart Medals, 10 Navy Achievement Medals with "V" 10 VN Crosses of Gallantry and other Unit and Presidential citations.

My squad was about 1/2 click away when they were having their firefight, we were being chased by "boucoupe" Viet Cong but thanks to God that we did not give up our position by staying quiet and ignoring the V.C.'s "recon by fire"  The very large VC search party diverted and went searching away from my squad and we were extracted by Huey helicopter.

Erasmo "Doc" Riojas, Retired former member of SEAL Team TWO and lives in Texas

 


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DO NOT GO AWAY!

 

MinhAND 10thPlt SEAL Team TWO, 'nam:  Standing Top Row: Bob Nidrauer, Big Al Ashton, Terry Sullivan, Jerry Hammerle, Mike Bailey (Dog Handler) with camera (I think), MINH in front of him, LDNN Be, Al Quist, Harry Constance, ??, CWO Dale McCloskey (Sp), LDNN?? kneeling: Doc Patchurich? , LDNN, ??? Fellows?

 

 

 

 


Nguyn Hoàng Minh


Doc, We were in 'nam from 20 to 25 March 2015. 

Arrived Saigon/HCMC and drove to My Tho 3/20 Saw Minh in My Tho 3/21 Ben Tre and river trip 3/22 Donovan's Loving Houses in Go Cong 3/23 HCMC 3/25 Flew home 3/26 

Good trip - seldom have I gone so far and done so much in so short a time. 

Rick 

Standing:  Rick, Mary Ann      Sitting: Minh, Pete, and John

 

      

 

 

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Person swimming in the Mekong River, city of MyTho, Vietnam taken by Rick Woolard

 

Friends, Family, and those who know or helped Nguyen Hoang Minh: 

Just back from Vietnam visiting Minh, the combat interpreter who operated with several SEAL Team TWO platoons from 1967 to 1970. 

Minh was a fearless fighter and was wounded several times in combat during the war. Afterwards, he paid a heavy lifelong price for helping the Americans - years in a "re-education camp", then a hard life always at the bottom of Vietnamese society. 

We assumed Minh had been killed by the communists when they reunited the country in 1975, but discovered him alive in 2008. We have been helping him to have a decent life ever since. 

Minh wanted to see his old SEAL friends before he died, so with help from many others we brought him and his wife Nhi to the SEAL Museum in Ft Pierce, Florida and the SEAL Reunion in Virginia Beach for several weeks in 
2013. The Vietnamese-American communities in Ft Pierce and Virginia Beach took great care of them. Minh may be poor and anonymous in Vietnam, but he was a rock star here. 

In the photo below in front are Minh, Pete Peterson (the former SEAL officer whose platoon was the first Minh worked with, in 1967), and John Donovan (the former River Patrol Force officer who "found" Minh). Standing behind them are yours truly (my 3rd Platoon was the last one Minh worked with, in 1970) and Mary Anne Koenig, who is making a documentary of the Minh saga. 

 

 

James Van Thach,  Minh  AND   Rick Woolard

 

 

   

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 7:20 PM, Rick Woolard  wrote: We were motoring along the Ben Tre river and came across this statue commemorating Viet Cong victories over units of the US/South Vietnamese River Patrol Force in 1968. 

Apparently the VC had captured a recoilless rifle from us or our Vietnamese allies - longer range and greater accuracy than anything they had - and used it effectively here. The RR man is standing up and taking aim, flanked by his buddies with an RPG and AK-47. 

The statue stands on a peninsula at the center of a Y-shaped river intersection where it commands fields of fire to all approaches. 

The area is clear now so the statue can be seen by all river traffic but the firing positions would have been well dug in and camouflaged in 1968. 

We found joss sticks burning in the urn in front and our Vietnamese guides and government minders bowed before the statue. I had the distinct sense that brave men of both sides died fighting here. 

Rick 

 

 

 

 

    

Enjoyed the food and was perfectly healthy in Vietnam, undoubtedly because I avoided dodgy street chow and followed your firm instructions about exercising on the long flight over there. 

email from Ranger Rick Woolard 

Commemorates Viet Cong swimmers who sank one of our ships near Ben Tre. You can make out the remains of the US Navy vessel below the swimmers, who use a swim stroke that is unfamiliar to me but apparently highly effective. We hoped to meet some of them but it didn't happen. 
Rick 

At Minh's home outside My Tho, 21 March 2015.    That's CDR Nguyen Tuan, USN. His family were "boat people" refugees and made it to the USA in the 1970s. 

He and another Vietnamese-American, John Tran, took care of Minh and Nhi when they came to VB for the SEAL Reunion for 10 days after their visit to Ft Pierce in 2013. Tuan is a great guy. 

He and his wife and some of their Vietnamese-American friends from VB were with us in Vietnam last week. I don't do Facebook but Tuan is a prolific photographer and has posted about a million photos of the trip there. 

 

  

Pete Peterson (SEAL Foundation shirt) was commander of the first SEAL platoon Nguyen Hoang Minh worked with (SEAL Team TWO 7th Platoon in My Tho in 1967); Rick Woolard's 3rd Platoon was the last one Minh worked with, in Song Ong Doc in 1970. 

*Rick Woolard * 

 

    

Minh and Woolard at Minh's home in My Tho, 21 March 2015. I wore a Museum shirt this day; Foundation and Association shirts other days. Rick At Minh's home outside My Tho, 21 March 2015.    Minh is wearing the shirt that Erasmo "Doc" Riojas gave him off his back when Minh was at the UDT/SEAL Museum

 

BEN TRE, VIETNAM- MAY 28: the cable-stayed bridge Rach Mieu in Ben Tre, Vietnam on May 28, 2014. This bridge is connecting two provinces Ben Tre and Tien Giang in Vietnam


Our tour guide in 2009 when Roy Dean Matthews, Glen Grinage, and Doc Riojas toured the delta via boat from MyTho "Monkey Bridge"

 


Mr. Pete took Minh this Zippo. this is the fourth Zippo we have sent Minh.  He should quit smoking Tobacco !  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of Pictures of MINH  in USA June 2014

 

 

 

Navy "Doc Rio"  SEAL Challenge Coin.


Get this coin if you donate to MINH's fund an amount greater than 25 bucks.


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas   Challenge Coin:  star on the "C.A.R." which
stands for 1st war Korea, the 2nd is the Vietnam War is the ribbon itself.

 Email me to get my snail mail address so that i can accept you $$$ and mail you the coin.   Email: docrio45  [at]  gmail  DOT  com   Thank you very much.     

          

 

 

Nguyen Hoang Minh   CLICK on above photo to read the Story !

 

 

               http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/va-beach-part-dream-trip-vietnam-war-translator

 

              

 

 

 

                             

 

 

                                   

                                                                        Ronald "Ron" Yeaw, Capt USN Ret, US Navy SEAL

 

                               

 

 

                                          

                                             Minh and "Eagle" Gallagher
Navy SEALs announce reunion 45 years in the making

ideagardendonna#391803   Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:52 p.m., updated June 26, 2013   Navy SEALs announce reunion 45 years in the making  Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:52 p.m., updated June 26, 2013 at 1:55 p.m. 

VERO BEACH — The weekend of July 20 the Navy SEALs will take part in a reunion 45 years in the making. 

The National Navy SEAL Museum in conjunction with the Navy SEAL Foundation and UDT-SEAL Association is pleased to announce that Nguyen Hoang Minh, and his wife, Hyunh Thi Nhi, will make their first visit to the U.S. to be reunited with members of SEAL Team Two whom they assisted during the Vietnam War. 

A Vietnamese interpreter and operator, Minh worked hand-in-hand with numerous SEAL Team Two platoons. After having lost contact for more than 40 years, retired Brown Water Navy Officer John Donovan eventually located Minh. Minh and his wife will be the honored guests of over 5,000 former and active duty SEALs and their families at the Navy SEAL annual reunion at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA over the July 20th weekend. 

In the Mekong Delta in the late 1960’s Minh and his wife risked everything to assist the Navy SEALs in numerous dangerous operations. Minh was wounded several times in his work as undercover intelligence source, point man, gunman and translator. And he’s one of a kind. He’s the only Vietnamese civilian to have acted in this capacity with SEAL platoons during the war, and has become a somewhat mythical figure in Vietnam-era SEAL lore. 

His wife’s role was also significant, as she became the primary contact for “intel” on the Viet Cong. Together their contributions marked a turning point in SEAL mission success. Over the last few years it has taken fundraising, government cooperation, and SEAL perseverance to make this historic trip a reality. 

Before traveling to Virginia, the couple will spend time at the Navy SEAL Museum while staying at the Trident House located in Sebastian, a private home donated to the Navy SEAL Museum and located nearby. The house is used as an “R&R” accommodation for SEALs and their families. Several of the couple’s old friends from SEAL platoons will visit and even stay with them at Trident House. 

For more information, contact: UDT-SEAL Museum Executive Director Rick Kaiser, 772-595-5845 x205, rick@navysealmuseum.com or Mary Ann Koenig, 917-656-2800, mak@r-dog.biz 

This story is contributed by a member of the Treasure Coast community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with TCPalm.com 

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/jun/26/navy-seals-announce-reunion-45-years-in-the-making/

 

 

                                                                  
                                                                       Nguyen H oang Minh & Wife

 

 


  NGUYEN-HOANG-MINH
                                         U.S.Navy SEAL Interpreter

 

 

   

 

---- Original Message -----
From: John Donovan
To: mcdavitt_fred;; doc riojas
Cc: peter.huchthausen ; taz_diemtrang
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 
Subject: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Gentlemen, 

As you know, I have been working to track down Minh recently. I think I have found him living outside of My Tho. (see below email from Lung's daughter Trang who lives in the Dallas area). Lung is the co-author of "Echo's of the Mekong" with Peter Huchthausen and knows Minh and has kept in touch over the years. He was a great help to all of us who worked with him--both on the river as an interpreter and late with Seal Team 2. 

The purpose of the is email is to see if we can help Minh and his family emigrate to the US--He has been unable to do so because he lacks documentation that he served with the US Forces. I believe we can help by writing letters confirming his service with both the River Sections (531, etc. and Seal Team Two from 1967 to 1971. I intend to contact Minh directly to get more info. as to how we can help. As you may know, this is a common issue for many So. Vietnamese Vets who served with us without any remaining records of their service 

In the mean time if you can help find any other Seal Team officers that might be able to write a letter for Minh--He mentions some names Boink (would this be Moose Boitnott??) Murphy, Quiet, Shutman, Bishop, Woolard .

--Doc, If you have any contact that worked with Minh in Seal Team 2-- and could verify his service that would be great. 

--Fred, I know you told me a story about how you "hired" Minh to work for the PBR's--and if you could write a letter confirming this that would be helpful. I will do the same for the time after you left in March 1967.. 

I have been wondering about Minh for the last 40 years..He was a close friend and a tremendous asset on the boats. 

Best regards, John J. Donovan

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-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Peterson 
To: Doc Riojas    docrio45 [at] gmail  DOT com
Cc: John Donovan 
Sent: Tue, 6 May 2008 
Subject: Re: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Letter certifying the employment of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh as an operational interpreter. 

During the time period October 1967 through March 1968 I was the platoon officer for the Seventh Platoon of SEAL Team Two. The Platoon was assigned to the US Navy River Patrol Force in My Tho, RVN. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh worked for the platoon as an operational interpreter.

 In this capacity he accompanied the platoon on operational missions and provided on scene combat interpreter services. Mr. Minh was a key member of the platoon and made very important contributions to the units operational success. Mr. Minh was instrumental in assisting the platoon to question the local inhabitants in the area of operations to identify the enemy combatants in the area and to ensure that the innocent locals were not mistaken for combatants.

 Mr. Minh was a totally reliable, honest and trustworthy individual. He was also very courageous and accompanied the SEALs into very dangerous enemy held areas, always wanting to make any contribution he could to the units success and safety 

I accompanied Mr. Minh to the MACV headquarters in Saigon and assisted with his application to be hired as an official interpreter for the US Military. I can certify that he was officially hired by MACV. 

I strongly recommend that Mr. Minh receive every consideration in his application to immigrate to the United States. He served the US Military honorably, with courage and dedication. I am fully confident that he will continue to show his love of the USA here in America. 

Robert W. Peterson Captain US Navy, retired

 

 

 

                        
Standing: Lt. to Rt: Minh, Hook Tuure, Jack Rowell, Bob "Eagle" Gallagher, Roy Dean Matthews. Sitting: Erasmo "Doc" Riojas 
  SEAL Team TWO, 7th Platoon 1967-'68 MyTho, Vietnam.  Other members not in picture: Lt. Peterson, CWO Charlie Watson, Gene Fraley, Curtis Ashton, Mike Boynton, Chuck Jesse. Billy Burbank was sent to work with the P.R.U.s

 

 

 

 

                                        Schedule for Nguyen Hoang Minh and Hyunh Thi Nhi visit to Florida

July 2013 Saturday  6 July 2013

Minh and Nhi (pronounced Nee) arrive Orlando

Staying at Trident House 6016 Island Harbor Road

Sunday  7 July 2013 13:00 -- Visit with Lilly Nguyen (local Vietnamese business owner) and  family at Trident House, Sebastian

Monday 8 July 2013  15:00 -- Minh and Nhi arrive UDT-SEAL Museum  15:30 -- 16:00 Minh’s SEAL Team members and friends arrive at UDT-SEAL Museum A camera crew will be at the museum to document the reunions

Tuesday 9 July 2013    Minh and Nhi at Trident house, visitors welcome   8:00 -- Cocktail Party at Mary Ann Koenig’s home  965 Reef Lane  Vero Beach, Fl 32963   

Wednesday 10 July 2013  9:00 -- film crew arrives at Trident House to begin set up and record interviews with Minh, Nhi and SEAL Team Members and friends.  Interpreter/translator will be on site.

Thursday 11 July 2013

Open day  Activities TBD

Friday  Activities TBD

Saturday Depart Florida for Little Creek Va. home of SEAL Team TWO.

 

     

 

     
                 Minh's 1st Wife and his Children                                                             Minh in 2009 at his home in Vietnam

 


The Trident House which was donated to the UDT SEAL Museum.  Thisis where Minh stayed during his visit to Fort Pierce FL.  Doc Rio spent one night there visiting Minh and John Donnovan.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nguyen Hoang Minh and Hyunh Thi Nhi

 


John Donnovan and Nguyen H. Minh

 


Minh and John Donnovan

 


                                           Doc Riojas, Mary Ann Koenig and  I FORGOT his name< sorry>

 


 Robert "Eagle" Gallagher and Minh

 

 
Robert "Eagle" Gallagher and Minh

 

 
Frank Spatt & Minh

 


Doc Riojas & Captain Olson

 

 


  NGUYEN-HOANG-MINH
                                         U.S.Navy SEAL Interpreter

 

 

   

 

---- Original Message -----
From: John Donovan
To: mcdavitt_fred;; doc riojas
Cc: peter.huchthausen ; taz_diemtrang
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 
Subject: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Gentlemen, 

As you know, I have been working to track down Minh recently. I think I have found him living outside of My Tho. (see below email from Lung's daughter Trang who lives in the Dallas area). Lung is the co-author of "Echo's of the Mekong" with Peter Huchthausen and knows Minh and has kept in touch over the years. He was a great help to all of us who worked with him--both on the river as an interpreter and late with Seal Team 2. 

The purpose of the is email is to see if we can help Minh and his family emigrate to the US--He has been unable to do so because he lacks documentation that he served with the US Forces. I believe we can help by writing letters confirming his service with both the River Sections (531, etc. and Seal Team Two from 1967 to 1971. I intend to contact Minh directly to get more info. as to how we can help. As you may know, this is a common issue for many So. Vietnamese Vets who served with us without any remaining records of their service 

In the mean time if you can help find any other Seal Team officers that might be able to write a letter for Minh--He mentions some names Boink (would this be Moose Boitnott??) Murphy, Quiet, Shutman, Bishop, Woolard .

--Doc, If you have any contact that worked with Minh in Seal Team 2-- and could verify his service that would be great. 

--Fred, I know you told me a story about how you "hired" Minh to work for the PBR's--and if you could write a letter confirming this that would be helpful. I will do the same for the time after you left in March 1967.. 

I have been wondering about Minh for the last 40 years..He was a close friend and a tremendous asset on the boats. 

Best regards, John J. Donovan

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-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Peterson 
To: Doc Riojas    docrio45 [at] gmail  DOT com
Cc: John Donovan 
Sent: Tue, 6 May 2008 
Subject: Re: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Letter certifying the employment of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh as an operational interpreter. 

During the time period October 1967 through March 1968 I was the platoon officer for the Seventh Platoon of SEAL Team Two. The Platoon was assigned to the US Navy River Patrol Force in My Tho, RVN. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh worked for the platoon as an operational interpreter.

 In this capacity he accompanied the platoon on operational missions and provided on scene combat interpreter services. Mr. Minh was a key member of the platoon and made very important contributions to the units operational success. Mr. Minh was instrumental in assisting the platoon to question the local inhabitants in the area of operations to identify the enemy combatants in the area and to ensure that the innocent locals were not mistaken for combatants.

 Mr. Minh was a totally reliable, honest and trustworthy individual. He was also very courageous and accompanied the SEALs into very dangerous enemy held areas, always wanting to make any contribution he could to the units success and safety 

I accompanied Mr. Minh to the MACV headquarters in Saigon and assisted with his application to be hired as an official interpreter for the US Military. I can certify that he was officially hired by MACV. 

I strongly recommend that Mr. Minh receive every consideration in his application to immigrate to the United States. He served the US Military honorably, with courage and dedication. I am fully confident that he will continue to show his love of the USA here in America. 

Robert W. Peterson Captain US Navy, retired

        

Happy Minh in Florida USA

 


Robert "Eagle" Gallagher, Minh, Tinh, Ron Yeaw, Frank Spatt, Doc Riojas

Minh asked "Doc" for his belt (note Trident) and also his shirt.  Doc Rio gave them to Minh with Love.

 

 


 

From:  BOBURWELL  [at]  aol  DOT  com 

Bringing Minh to the Museum and to Little Creek.   Thank you guys for making this happen.

I have spent so much time wondering what happened to this one or that. Same as our reunions, we want to know how each other are and we should also want to know how those guys are. One of the LDNN officers that we trained in Rosey Rds was in a refugee camp and had written a letter, much like Minh wrote, asking if anyone could confirm that he was trained by us. I was the only one in ST2 that had knowledge of them coming here and was able to help the guy get out of a tent city that he had lived in for years.. 

Those of you who were involved in bringing him here are to be highly commended for being true to what we as human beings should be -- our fellow man.
 Thank you Teammate for your efforts, 
Bo

 


Minh departed Ft. Pierce to Little Creek VA and from there the SEALs took him to Washington D.C. to the Vietnam Wall.

 


Minh hosted by Navy SEALs at Little Creek Va.  Lt. to Rt: John Tran, Norm Olson, Rick Woolard, Rudy Boesch, Minh, Tinh, John Donnovan, Jim Madison, Chuck Williams, Tuan Nguyen

 

 

       The LINK on sealtwo.org STORY about MINH

From: Dennis Keeffe 

Hi Doc Thank you for the link to sealtwo.org the story Minh was great I often Think of him and wandered what ever happened to him when we all left. I figured he was Wasted by the Vietcong I believed he had a Bounty levied on him. Thank God he maid it I imagine they maid life hell for him sense he worked for us. I don't know if you remember me or not But I remember you and a great number of team 2 I was privliged enough to be allowed to go out on that Mike battle wagon you guys had I think your Gunners mate on the Mike, the first time, was a GM called Rosey.

 I was a GM From NAS My Tho I went Through the TET Offensive In 68 and was one of the 4 that went to bring the Philippine Nurses Out of harms way. You did some thing for me that I never got to thank you for. You brought back a 9mm Pistol to the states for me, and then sending it to my Family in a box that said it was books .

 Well it got home OK and I kept it for a long time. I ended up staying in country for three more tours. You didn't come back to My Tho when the teem rotated back The Doc that came back was called Pee Wee and the gunner's Mate for the Mike boat was a guy named Kelly. 

Like I said I never got to Say Thank you for doing what you did for me It has been a great reminder to me to DO what you say you will do. And that has stuck with me all thees years. I am a stickler to that and always try to do what I say I will do. So once again

 Thank you

 Dennis Keeffe

 

Article from the VERO BEACH 

 

 


Standing: Lt-Rt: "Hook" Tuure, Jack Rowell, Curtis Ashton, Mike Boynton, Fred Keener, Roy Dean Matthews.   Sitting: Lt-Rt: Robert "Eagle" Gallagher, Erasmo "Doc" Riojas, K9 Rinney, Harry Constance, Lt. Robert "Pete" Peterson, Chuck Jesse

Minh's Visit to SEAL Team TWO, Little Creek VA HERE !

                     


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas and Nguyen Hoang Minh at Ft. Pierce FL July 2013

 


Translated by Kiet and Thuy Nguyen

 

 


John Donnovan and MINH

 

 


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas and Robert "Eagle" Gallagher

 

 


Minh and John Donnovan


Minh asked Bacsi Riojas for a made in USA zippo lighter with the SEAL emblem on it.   He got it !

 


The house built by donations from Navy SEALs that worked with Minh in Vietnam war and many other benevolent friends, even civilians helped with $$.

 

                                      TELEPHONE CALL TO MINH BY Doc Riojas

07Aug2013

I telephone Minh today. His English is very much improved with all the practice here in USA with us.  No kidding!   He said he was in Saigon at his workplace.  He said he enjoys working.

He also told me that his entire trip went well and that the "commies" did not bother him at all.

He was very grateful to the UDT SEAL Museum and the UDT SEAL Assn and all the folks that make his trip possible and most enjoyable.

Minh always asks about Gallagher.  I keep telling him that I am lucky that he answers his phone when i call him once in a blue moon.  No problema.  Eagle has always been that way and I am used to it.  I lived in the same hotel room with him for six months, I know him pretty well.

We did not talk about money.  That is unusual because before he came to USA he always asked for some help with his finances.  I am of the opinion that he was among friends that assured him that we would sending him an allotment check every month.  I promise you he will get it !

OK, fin, that is all,                   Erasmo Elijah "Doc" Riojas    

 

 

Xx

 

 

 

 Dream trip for Vietnam War translator 


Email From: OLSON  aka: Sky Fossil
To: All
Subj:  Dream trip for Vietnam War translator 


For two weeks in April, I had the privilege of being in the presence of a South Vietnamese war hero that fought alongside our River Patrol Force and SEAL Team TWO Detachments operating on the rivers in the southern most region of Vietnam. While I had served in Vietnam, I had never knew Minh other than by reputation. He spent the first week in Ft. Pierce, FL at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum and then in Virginia Beach, VA at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, which is the location of all East Coast Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) commands. The first attachment, an article from the Virginia Pilot, tells this story beautifully. 

A side bar to all of this was the outpouring of support from the Vietnamese communities in both locations, and in Virginia Beach, a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief,        name?               who came to this country from Vietnam as a boy, and his wife graciously took Minh and his wife into their home for the entire week. Throughout, when talking with the Vietnamese, to a person, they are very proud of the fact they are Americans, and each one is a success story in the occupations they have chosen. 

Shortly after I returned, a friend sent me the second attachment, an article about a speech made by a Vietnamese Immigrant. It is very fitting for this occasion, and it is something that everyone in America should read. 

2 attachments —

MINH IN Virginia Beach:  http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/va-beach-part-dream-trip-vietnam-war-translator

VIETNAMESEIMMIGRANT

http://www.vietnamesecommunityofhouston.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149:speech&catid=45:community-news


 

COMMENT to PILOTONLINE Newspaper ARTICLE:

Minh's Visit to USA ie: SEAL Musuem & LIttle Creek SEALs reunion
Submitted by docrio on Sun, 07/28/2013 at 1:19 am.


I , Erasmo "Doc" Riojaswas invited to visit with Minh at Ft. Pierce along with Mr. Donovan, Mr. Spatt, and Robert "Eagle" Gallagher who lives in that city.

Minh cried when he met us ! It was a kinda "choking" event because we all though he was killed by the Vietcong after the war (?) for lack of a better term.

I don't want to imply that "Eagle" was NOT in charge of the mentioned OP where Minh was wounded. Lt. Ron Yeaw was the OinC  (contrary to some seastories; this was NOT Ron's first combat Operation!) of that Operation, but when he became severely wounded, Bob Gallagher took over and got the guys out of the "Jaws of Death."

We were SEAL Team TWO, 7th Platoon, 1967-1968 based in MyTho Vietnam.  Our platoon suffered on KIA and To the best of my recollection every one was wounded at least once.  Awards for the 7th:  Navy Cross, 2 Silver Stars, 10 Bronze Stars,with "V", ~17 Purple Heart Medals, 10 Navy Achievement Medals with "V" 10 VN Crosses of Gallantry and other Unit and Presidential citations.

My squad was about 1/2 click away when they were having their firefight, we were being chased by "boucoupe" Viet Cong but thanks to God that we did not give up our position by staying quiet and ignoring the V.C.'s "recon by fire"  The very large VC search party diverted and went searching away from my squad and we were extracted by Huey helicopter.

Erasmo "Doc" Riojas, Retired former member of SEAL Team TWO and lives in Texas

 


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                                 Nguyen Hoang Minh & Wife

 


  NGUYEN-HOANG-MINH
                                         U.S.Navy SEAL Interpreter

 

 

   

 

---- Original Message -----
From: John Donovan
To: mcdavitt_fred;; doc riojas
Cc: peter.huchthausen ; taz_diemtrang
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 
Subject: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Gentlemen, 

As you know, I have been working to track down Minh recently. I think I have found him living outside of My Tho. (see below email from Lung's daughter Trang who lives in the Dallas area). Lung is the co-author of "Echo's of the Mekong" with Peter Huchthausen and knows Minh and has kept in touch over the years. He was a great help to all of us who worked with him--both on the river as an interpreter and late with Seal Team 2. 

The purpose of the is email is to see if we can help Minh and his family emigrate to the US--He has been unable to do so because he lacks documentation that he served with the US Forces. I believe we can help by writing letters confirming his service with both the River Sections (531, etc. and Seal Team Two from 1967 to 1971. I intend to contact Minh directly to get more info. as to how we can help. As you may know, this is a common issue for many So. Vietnamese Vets who served with us without any remaining records of their service 

In the mean time if you can help find any other Seal Team officers that might be able to write a letter for Minh--He mentions some names Boink (would this be Moose Boitnott??) Murphy, Quiet, Shutman, Bishop, Woolard .

--Doc, If you have any contact that worked with Minh in Seal Team 2-- and could verify his service that would be great. 

--Fred, I know you told me a story about how you "hired" Minh to work for the PBR's--and if you could write a letter confirming this that would be helpful. I will do the same for the time after you left in March 1967.. 

I have been wondering about Minh for the last 40 years..He was a close friend and a tremendous asset on the boats. 

Best regards, John J. Donovan

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-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Peterson 
To: Doc Riojas    docrio45 [at] gmail  DOT com
Cc: John Donovan 
Sent: Tue, 6 May 2008 
Subject: Re: Nguyen Hoang Minh 


Letter certifying the employment of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh as an operational interpreter. 

During the time period October 1967 through March 1968 I was the platoon officer for the Seventh Platoon of SEAL Team Two. The Platoon was assigned to the US Navy River Patrol Force in My Tho, RVN. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Minh worked for the platoon as an operational interpreter.

 In this capacity he accompanied the platoon on operational missions and provided on scene combat interpreter services. Mr. Minh was a key member of the platoon and made very important contributions to the units operational success. Mr. Minh was instrumental in assisting the platoon to question the local inhabitants in the area of operations to identify the enemy combatants in the area and to ensure that the innocent locals were not mistaken for combatants.

 Mr. Minh was a totally reliable, honest and trustworthy individual. He was also very courageous and accompanied the SEALs into very dangerous enemy held areas, always wanting to make any contribution he could to the units success and safety 

I accompanied Mr. Minh to the MACV headquarters in Saigon and assisted with his application to be hired as an official interpreter for the US Military. I can certify that he was officially hired by MACV. 

I strongly recommend that Mr. Minh receive every consideration in his application to immigrate to the United States. He served the US Military honorably, with courage and dedication. I am fully confident that he will continue to show his love of the USA here in America. 

Robert W. Peterson Captain US Navy, retired

 

 

Thanks;   BacSi Riojas