Crossing the 17th Parallel

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This is a story of a child during the Vietnam-French war to regain independence. His father joined the Viet Minh Front, so his mom took care of all the children. He followed his mom in evacuating to a very remote countryside, where he worked as a farmer, a little water buffalo boy tending cattle in the wilderness. He obeyed his parents' order to escape to Saigon in 1955. This is a story of a child during the Vietnam-French war to regain independence. His father joined the Viet Minh Front, so his mom took care of all the children. He followed his mom in evacuating to a very remote countryside, where he worked as a farmer, a little water buffalo boy tending cattle in the wilderness. He obeyed his parents' order to escape to Saigon in 1955.

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VHKT is the pen name of Hiep Vo. He was born in 1942 at Ha Tinh, Vietnam.
During the Vietnam-French War of 1946-1954, he helped his parents in farming and tending cattle since the age of eight. After the Geneva Accord, he followed his parents in escaping from North Vietnam to Saigon, to avoid the Land Reform Movement of Truong Chinh. In 1963, he was arrested by Diem-Nhu's undercovers and was tortured brutally. In 1967, he graduated as math teacher of Saigon University. On January 1969, he was nominated to be principal of a high school. On August 1969, he turned in an application to resign that position when he realized the South Vietnam government was a puppet of the USA. On March 1970, he officially resigned. In 1975, he was sentenced as an officer of CIA and was forced to attend for brainwashing. In 1981, he successfully escaped with his family and his friends, then resettled in California. First, he worked as math specialist for Whittier Union High. Currently, he works as a design engineer for an aerospace company in the USA and owns a patent for aerospace.
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