Pham: come along way after a sergeant called him "Fang, Fong, Fam!"
Pham: come along way after a sergeant called him "Fang, Fong, Fam!"

Quang Pham's Memoir Is Coming Out In Paperback

In time for the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon at the end of the month, Random House is publishing a $15 paperback version of "A Sense of Duty: Our Journey from Vietnam to America" by Mission Viejo resident Quang Pham.

Pham's biographical book won terrific reviews across the nation when it was first published in 2005. It also earned the Asian Heritage Award for Literature and was named a finalist for the 2005 Southern California Independent Booksellers Association nonfiction book award. For this newest edition, he's written an epilogue that provides readers with updates on his life including a mention of his desire to unseat Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in November. 

Since he wrote the memoir's epilogue last November, Pham--who served in the U.S. Marines and is a successful business owner--decided to withdraw from the race before the primary. But his effort won praise from numerous Republican Party heavyweights and he still strongly hints that holding elective office is among his dreams. 

Among his many achievements, Pham is the first Vietnamese refugee to become a Marine Corps aviator. He flew helicopter missions in the Persian Gulf War and over Somalia. When he entered service in the mid-1980s, a berating sergeant called him "Fang, Fong, Fam!" and asked him if he was a Viet Cong spy.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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