The assistances which we received from the Rowe’s family and from other American friends like Mr.and Mrs. Richard and Peggy Davies and Mr. and Mrs. John and Suzanne Bush from the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Mr. Ron Cooke, Vice President of Giant Food Inc. and
CDR Butch Kerr, USNR, my former Navy Advisor at the US Naval Advisory Detachment (NAD), Danang RVN, who opened their hearts and extended their arms to help and took care of me and our family were greatly appreciated and our gratitude to them always memorized by us forever.
To CDR H.B. Le, United States Navy, Commanding Officer USS Lassen, DDG82
USS Lassen (DDG-82)
FPO AP 96671-1299
November 6, 2009
Congratulations on your command. I read with interest the press release about your visit to your homeland. I was the Executive Officer of the USS Barbour County (LST 1195) at the time of your rescue. I have wondered throughout the years what became of the myriad people we took on board and transported to the Philippines (Grandy Island). Again, congratulations and enjoy your tour.
We finally have the opportunity to express our gratitude to one of the people who saved us and gave us a new beginning of our lives in the United States of America. Would you please send our thanks to CDR Russ Bell and his crew (I think he still would have contact with them) for helping and saving us at sea on May 2nd, 1975 and bringing us to Freedom. I still remember that the XO was the one who gave me an envelope and then helped to send my letter from the Barbour County to Uncle Ed Rowe at his parents’ address in Kansas City, MO on the 3rd of May, 1975. It comes back to my memory very clearly now, just like it happened yesterday! God bless the crew of USS Barbour County and their families. God bless the U.S.A.”
Russ Bell CDR, USN (Retired)
(Lê Bá Thông emailed to his son, Commander H.B. Le, United States Navy, Commanding Officer USS Lassen, DDG82 on November 2009.)
The Mutual Friendship:
A surprise visit from Col John, USMC, the friend of my counterpart from VNMA, Col Rowe, US Army
at Arlington Hospital, Va on March 12, 2017
EMAIL TO MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN TO THANK FOR HER LOVING CARE
Click ===> THANKS TO LIFE