An Unforgettable American...


A Fateful Lottery Ticket


(In memory of Major General Homer D. Smith,

16 February 1922 – 6 March 2011)


Three decades and seven years have passed

Since the last helicopter left that roof

The last man left at the eleventh hour: Homer Duggins Smith

He was the last U.S. commanding general.




Dead people walking.

I ran to Tan Son Nhut Airport

The darkness covered my fate

The North Vietnamese communists were around

My name had not been registered

The angelic C-130 was waiting…

The general issued an order,

His soldier put my name on the list…

The life lottery ticket saved me

I will never forget my American Schindler…



Linh Duy Vo

30 April 2012 ©





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