This article originally appeared at redandgreen.org.
Nguyen Van Luy and his wife Thi Luy were dedicated patriots to both their home country of Viet Nam and their adopted county, the USA.
Their lives and accomplishments were examples of the best of both nations.
Nguyen Van Luy’s story is outlined in the documents below. Like many other Vietnamese including the vnerable Ho Chi Minh, he came to the US and worked as a chef. During WWII, he worked for the OSS against the Japanese occupiers of Vietnam. When the US launched its war against Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Luy became a leading activist among Vietnamese residents in the US.
In 1967 as the anti-war movement was organizing a major demonstration confronting the Pentagon, the war machine itself, members of the Committee to Aid the NLF of South Vietnam persuaded the organizers to invite Van Luy to be the first Vietnamese speaker at a national anti-war speach on October 21, 1967 at the Lincoln Memorial. The National Mobilization organizers were concerned about what a Vietnamese might say and required a copy of his speech and to varify his identity beforehand. His two page speach attahced was provided, yet those in charge choose to cut off his mike half way through his short speech.
He joined the CANLF committee and others assembled in the “Revolutionary Contingent” to march on the Pentagon.
This group reached the side of the Pentagon and then when an opening was found in the fence, joined the thousands occupying the steps of the Pentagon.
These events were descibed by Norman Mailer in Armies of the Night, which he acknowledged was his somewhat fictionalized view. After the events at the Pentagon and in the Occoquan prison, Mailer’s secretary requested and we supplied a detailed account of events. Nonetheless, his novel distorts and manipulates events to portray enhance his role and the denegrate the politics of the many newer and younger demonstrators. Shortly, I will add a review citing some of the lies and suggesting the propaganda aims of this best selling “Novel as History.”
Nguyen Van Luy and his wife Thi Luu continued to work for peace and later normalization of relatitions between the U.S. and Vietnam. However, after the war ended, some of the most bitter and right-wing ex-military Vietnamese from the Saigon government organized and carried out assasinations in the US of both Vietnamese and other American citizens. In 1984, Luy and his wife were both shot outside their restaurant. Nguyen Van Luy survived and continued to work to help both his communities. News on assasination. On Vietnamese right-wing assasins. – Assasination confirmed.
Links to Pentagon demo photos and Armies review – linking to growing radicalization and US fear and need to quell
Also links to subsequent events:
China invatsion repelled,
Pentagon 13 year Campaign to Revise History of the US War, to hide US war crimes and the anti-war movement.
the Burns propaganda film,
POP demo, and Vientm Peace Commemoration Committee
Maybe mention and links to the varius anniversaries – Vietnamese trips – 1987, 25 year, 30 year, 40 year, etc.
Updated: October 28, 2017