Everybody 40 years ago today South Vietnam fell to the North Vietnamese. Our 15 year war ended. I spent time at Da Nang in 1971. I thought that Vietnam was a beautiful yet frightening country. I was afraid, as you can imagine. I never left the base and went to town and mingled with Vietnamese people.
Some 25 years later I found myself living in the Inn Visions homeless shelter on Montgomery Street in San Jose. Food was all right six days a week. Saturday night was always a special treat. A large contingent of Vietnamese people would show up and feed us a wonderful gourmet dinner of Vietnamese food. They were always so kind and encouraging. I have never forgotten their kindness to me.