February 21, 1993 |
The two men were strangers in Vietnam. By coincidence, Nguyen Viet and Ho Thanh Viet both escaped from Saigon on the day it fell, April 30, 1975. Along with thousands of other South Vietnamese, they fled the Communist takeover aboard U.S. Navy ships. Though they filtered through different refugee camps, both men eventually made their way to the United States, where each sought to carve out a new existence in an unfamiliar land by learning to program computers.