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May 25, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton on Friday announced his choice of Rep. Pete Peterson (D-Fla.), a former bomber pilot who spent 6 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, as the first U.S. ambassador to Hanoi. "The quarters and the food will be much better this time," Peterson said of the job that will put him in the forefront of efforts to build a peaceful relationship between the former enemies more than 20 years after the war's end.
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September 7, 1999 | ALAN JAMES FRUTKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In 1973, U.S. Air Force Capt. Douglas "Pete" Peterson came home from Vietnam after serving 6 1/2 harrowing years as a prisoner of war there. Twenty-four years later, he returned to that nation as its first U.S. Ambassador in the postwar era. At the time of Peterson's appointment, documentary filmmaker Sandy Northrop also was moving to Vietnam (her husband, David Lamb, was named The Times' Southeast Asia bureau chief). Peterson's tale caught Northrop's eye.
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November 26, 1997 | LIZ SEYMOUR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ngan Nguyen left Saigon in April 1975 and has not returned. She didn't even go back when her father died seven years ago or when her mother passed away two years later. "I left my country for my freedom, but the Communists are controlling the country," said Nguyen, a resident of Santa Ana. "There's no way I'd go back now." But Nguyen still cares deeply about the people of Vietnam, especially her five brothers and sisters still living in what is now Ho Chi Minh City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1997 | LIZ SEYMOUR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ngan Nguyen left Saigon in April 1975 and has not returned. She didn't even go back when her father died seven years ago or when her mother passed away two years later. "I left my country for my freedom, but the Communists are controlling the country," said Nguyen, a resident of Santa Ana. "There's no way I'd go back now." But Nguyen still cares deeply about the people of Vietnam, especially her five brothers and sisters still living in what is now Ho Chi Minh City.
NEWS
April 11, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate voted to confirm Douglas "Pete" Peterson as the first postwar U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. Peterson, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and was held prisoner by Hanoi for more than six years. Peterson was nominated by President Clinton in May, and his confirmation was delayed amid a debate over Vietnam's efforts to account for missing U.S. service personnel.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 1999 | ALAN JAMES FRUTKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In 1973, U.S. Air Force Capt. Douglas "Pete" Peterson came home from Vietnam after serving 6 1/2 harrowing years as a prisoner of war there. Twenty-four years later, he returned to that nation as its first U.S. Ambassador in the postwar era. At the time of Peterson's appointment, documentary filmmaker Sandy Northrop also was moving to Vietnam (her husband, David Lamb, was named The Times' Southeast Asia bureau chief). Peterson's tale caught Northrop's eye.
NEWS
May 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
On a moonless evening in 1966, an antiaircraft missile shot down Capt. Douglas "Pete" Peterson's Air Force bomber near Hanoi. That was the beginning of 6 1/2 years in prison, where he was tortured and kept in solitary confinement in a dank cell. On Friday, Peterson made a euphoric return to Vietnam under very different circumstances. The former POW is now the first U.S.
NEWS
May 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
On a moonless evening in 1966, an antiaircraft missile shot down Capt. Douglas "Pete" Peterson's Air Force bomber near Hanoi. That was the beginning of 6 1/2 years in prison, where he was tortured and kept in solitary confinement in a dank cell. On Friday, Peterson made a euphoric return to Vietnam under very different circumstances. The former POW is now the first U.S.
NEWS
April 11, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate voted to confirm Douglas "Pete" Peterson as the first postwar U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. Peterson, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and was held prisoner by Hanoi for more than six years. Peterson was nominated by President Clinton in May, and his confirmation was delayed amid a debate over Vietnam's efforts to account for missing U.S. service personnel.
NEWS
May 25, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton on Friday announced his choice of Rep. Pete Peterson (D-Fla.), a former bomber pilot who spent 6 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, as the first U.S. ambassador to Hanoi. "The quarters and the food will be much better this time," Peterson said of the job that will put him in the forefront of efforts to build a peaceful relationship between the former enemies more than 20 years after the war's end.
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