A Fateful Lottery Ticket
(In memory of Major General Homer D. Smith,
16 February 1922 – 6 March 2011)
Three decades and seven years have passed
Since the last helicopter left that roof
The last man left at the eleventh hour: Homer Duggins Smith
He was the last
commanding general. U.S.
Dead people walking.
I ran to
Tan Son Nhut Airport
The darkness covered my fate
The North Vietnamese communists were around
My name had not been registered
The angelic C-130 was waiting…
The general issued an order,
His soldier put my name on the list…
The life lottery ticket saved me
I will never forget my American Schindler…
Linh Duy Vo
30 April 2012 ©
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