Pham Thien Khoc was born in 1944 and grew up in South Vietnam during a time of war. He was drafted into the Army in 1967, and was trained as an engineer officer, being commissioned in December, 1967. Pham served with the 10th Engineer Regiment in northern South Vietnam, where he was stationed in 1973 at the time of the Paris Peace Accords. In 1975, when South Vietnam fell to the Communists, he fled to a remote area of the countryside and hid out until he was captured by government officials. He spend the next year in a brutal reeducation camp until his health broke and he was unable to work. He was then released, but with strict limitations. For the next year he was frequently harassed by the authorities, and forced to do community work for them.
Paris Peace Accord
Interview Session 01 (Audio)
Experiences in Vietnamese Army (ARVN) and in Reeducation Camp
See also Mr. Pham's entire interview in the 'Immigrant Stories' collection. Patrick Lam served as the interpreter for this interview. He was also interviewed, and his interview is also in the 'Veterans Remember-Vietnam' project.
Lieutenant Pham married Nguyen Thin Goc Ouy in 1969 while he was stationed in Quang Tri Province. This photo was taken in 1965 while Miss Nguyen was living in Hue.
Engineer Lieutenant Pham is in the background on the right and partly obscured in this photo, taken while he was stationed in Tam Ke province, near Da Nang.
Tam Ke province, near Da Nang
Pham and his mother, Nguyen Thi Liem on the occasion of his graduation from a South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) military academy in 1967 in Saigon, South Vietnam.
Saigon, South Vietnam