WHAT: Days of Reckoning, Lives of Promise – commemorating a split-
WHEN: Sept. 1-
WHERE: Veterans Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego
WHAT: San Diego premiere of the documentary “The Lucky Few” followed by first-
ALSO: Copies of the documentary will be made available. Large-
Good deeds go unnoticed, heroic stories go untold and important events are sunk when people don’t care.
Let’s not make that happen to the USS Kirk, a piece of America now in the waters off Taiwan.
This ship, leased to that country after the Vietnam War, is more than a piece of metal. She is an unsung heroine that saved more than 30,000 lives after the fall of Saigon in April and May of 1975. But as the Taiwanese government awaits replacements from the U.S., this piece of history may be sunk far away from home.
We were not on that ship to witness the heartache of people losing their country, people being tossed out of helicopters to the deck of a ship, a baby dying, medics going among hundreds of small boats caring for injured and ill people – the drownings, the fear, the terror and the escape –all to insure the survival of 30,000 people uncertain of their destiny.
On Sept. 2nd and 3rd of this year, at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park in San Diego, this experience will be related by people who were there – people who made history – as the Asian Heritage Society hosts the San Diego premiere of the documentary “The Lucky Few,” about the largest humanitarian effort ever undertaken by the U.S. The movie will be emceed by Kirk skipper Capt. Paul Jacobs followed by panel discussions led by crew members and Vietnamese rescued during those last days who gained a fresh start and became an asset to America. Capt. Jacobs will have a large-
Capt. Jacobs and some of the crew will also be available to autograph color photos of the USS Kirk replica .
You can help by underwriting this event with a tax-
Underwriting support may be made out to the Asian Heritage Society, 2920 1st Ave. (G), San Diego 92103 or by going to Pay Pal here.
There have been and will be more wars. But in each war, there is a moment that can change the course of history and impact generations to come, as the Kirk and crew did for the sons, daughters and grandchildren of those 30,000 people. Losing someone we know is always difficult. Losing a piece of history because of neglect, ignorance or lack of caring is a tragedy.
Let’s work together so that doesn’t happen.