May is Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month, which recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Americans to our society.
April 30, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. To mark this historic date, AUSA Cam Le organized a presentation of Rory Kennedy’s award winning documentary “Last Days in Vietnam,” about the evacuation from the American Embassy.
In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.
After the documentary, AUSA Cam Le led the office in an interactive lunch experience of making authentic springrolls.
AUSA Cam Le
Allison Sheridan, Deputy Criminal Chief Jennifer Kleinpeter, AUSA Cam Le