Patrick Lam Escapes Vietnam at Age 9

October 16, 2017
Two boys standing together

Courtesy Patrick Lam

Patrick Lam from Chatham, Illinois was just nine years old in 1979 when he was forced to leave Lái Thiêu, Vietnam by his mother and grandmother who had organized an escape by boat.

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A man being interviewed on camera in a studio

Oral History Interview: Donald Hyche

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two women, Constance Edwards in uniform on the right

Oral History Interview: Constance Edwards

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