(e.g. yourname@email.com)

Forgot Password?

    Or login with Facebook

    Former interpreter visits unit 51 years later

    Vietnam veteran returns to unit 51 years later

    Photo By Sgt. Ally Beiswanger | Sonny Wong, a Vietnam veteran, and Sgt. Maj. Douglas W. Yagel discuss the capabilities...... read more read more

    CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, JAPAN

    11.07.2017

    Courtesy Story

    3rd Marine Division

    A former Vietnamese soldier who was assigned to the 12th Marine Regiment during the Vietnam War recently visited the command to pay tribute to the unit he served with nearly 51 years ago, here in Okinawa, Nov. 7.

    In 1966, Sonny Wong joined the Vietnamese military as a military interpreter. During the war, the U.S. military was in need of Vietnamese interpreters for operations, so they began to train soldiers to interpret for the U.S. military, said Wong. After the completion of the training, they were officially recognized as “NCO Interpreters.”

    Following graduation, Wong and his comrades were then ready to be assigned to a unit that participated in combat operations. “So 15 of us selected Marines,” said Wong. “We [were] assigned to 3rd Marine Division, and they sent three of us down to 12th Marines.”

    During his visit to the Regimental Headquarters, he met with the commanding officer and sergeant major of 12th Marine Regiment, Col. Jeffery M. Morgan and Sgt. Maj. Douglas W. Yagel, for a tour of the facilities. Yagel showed him the various artillery and communication systems, to which Wong said he was thrilled to learn about how today’s weapons compare to weapons used in the Vietnam War.

    Col. Morgan and Sgt. Maj. Yagel expressed their gratitude for Wong's service to the Regiment and presented him with a command coin.

    Wong said he would cherish it, always.

    LEAVE A COMMENT

    NEWS INFO

    Date Taken: 11.07.2017
    Date Posted: 11.10.2017 20:35
    Story ID: 254731
    Location: CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, JP

    Web Views: 78
    Downloads: 1
    Podcast Hits: 0

    PUBLIC DOMAIN