It all started in February 1974 with an intensive English language training at the Khmer Navy Headquarters in Phnom Penh. There were twenty of us.
We left Cambodia on September 21, 1974. A few days later, on September 24, 1974, we arrived at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas (near San Antonio). There we went through a more advanced English language training until January 1975. There were twenty of us.
On January 15, 1975, we arrived in Newport, Rhode Island. Folks, do you remember seeing the snow for the first time? Nevermind, we are Tango Company. We went through real Naval training in Rhode Island. And we also watched Walter Cronkite in the evenings. We did miss our motherland very, very much There were twenty of us.
We were to graduate May 20, 1975. And you know what happened on April 17, 1975? Tango Company lost its flag. Thus, we could not be in the parade. So, we graduated in a private ceremony instead. There were twenty of us.
We came as a group. We traveled as a group. We lived, ate, and slept as a group. There were twenty of us.
Following the ceremony, we left one-by-one. Our tight-knit group spread throughout the world: some stayed in the New England area, some moved to Washington DC, some settled in other areas of the US, some went to Europe, and three went back to Cambodia.
There are still many us.