Thursday, April 30, 2015

Escape from Vietnam

The Hoang family today. Carolyn is the second woman from the right.
Photo credit: Pilot Tribune.

Today, we have a very special edition of the blog.  Carolyn Hoang, the wife of  KDOT employee Abe Rezayazdi, shares her family's story of escaping Saigon in 1975 and eventually moving to Storm Lake, Iowa. 

Abe was studying electrical engineering at Iowa State University during the summer of 1977 when he met Carolyn.  They married three years later.  Abe currently serves as KDOT's Construction Letting Engineer and has been with the agency for nearly 30 years. 

Below is an excerpt of Carolyn's story and the link to complete column.

"This April 30 will mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the migration of the Vietnamese to this great country. I felt compelled to write my story of how we left our home country and the ordeals that my family endured along the way. We were the first foreign family to reside in Storm Lake."  Click here to read more.

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