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Dau Nguyen is a leader in the Vietnamese community in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a young man studying law before joining the Vietnamese Navy; he was sent to the U.S. for military training in 1969 and returned to serve in the operations office at the VN Naval headquarters in Saigon until 1975.
When Saigon fell, Richard Armitage urged Dau to evacuate, which he did that night: escaping to a rescue ship headed for Guam while carrying his wife and two children on his back.
He served as an interpreter/translator and camp leader in Guam until coming to the U.S. mainland. His family settled in Lincoln, where he worked in the banking industry and earned a graduate degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dau has returned to Vietnam several times, including to retrieve his brother released from a re-education camp.
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