HOF047: NGUYEN Huyen Chau

NGUYEN Huyen Chau, her two sons and three brothers fled Vietnam just one day before the fall of Saigon. She and her loved ones were airlifted from the roof of their home by a helicopter operated by her husband, a pilot with the Vietnamese Air Force. The helicopter succeeded in landing on an American 7th Fleet Air Craft Carrier which was at that time patrolling at sea.  Once the helicopter landed, American marines pushed the vehicle into the sea. The ship sailed to Guam where the family stayed for 3 days. Eventually, the Americans flew them to Camp Pendleton in California where they applied to migrate to Canada. They arrived in Regina, Saskatchewan on July 7, 1975 under the sponsorship of the Canadian government. Three months later, they settled in Calgary, Alberta. They lived in Calgary from 1975 to 1993, after that, her husband was transferred to work in Montréal, Québec.