They are all my family: a daring rescue in the chaos of saigon's fall

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Published for the fortieth anniversary of the final days of the Vietnam War, this is the suspenseful and moving tale of how John Riordan, an assistant manager of Citibank's Saigon branch, devised a daring plan to save 106 Vietnamese from the dangers of the Communist takeover. Riordan--who had served in the US Army after the Tet Offensive and had left the military behind for a career in international banking--was not the type to take dramatic action, but once the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon in April 1975 and it was clear that Riordan's Vietnamese colleagues and their families would be stranded in a city teetering on total collapse, he knew he could not leave them behind. Defying the objections of his superiors and going against the official policy of the United States, Riordan went back into Saigon to save them. In fifteen harrowing trips to Saigon's airport, he maneuvered through the bureaucratic shambles, claiming that the Vietnamese were his wife and scores of children. It was a ruse that, at times, veered close to failure, yet against all odds, the improbable plan succeeded. At great risk, the Vietnamese left their lives behind to start anew in the United States, and now John is known to his grateful Vietnamese colleagues and hundreds of their American descendants as Papa. They Are All My Family is a vivid narrative of one man's ingenious strategy which transformed a time of enormous peril into a display of extraordinary courage. Reflecting on those fateful days in this account, John Riordan's modest heroism provides a striking contrast to America's ignominious retreat from the decade of conflict.
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subject_facetAutobiography
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) -- History
Humanitarian assistance, American
Humanitarian assistance, American -- Vietnam -- Ho Chi Minh City -- History
Refugees
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Ho Chi Minh City -- History
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Vietnam -- Ho Chi Minh City
title_displayThey are all my family : a daring rescue in the chaos of Saigon's fall
title_fullThey are all my family : a daring rescue in the chaos of Saigon's fall / John P. Riordan with Monique Brinson Demery
They are all my family : a daring rescue in the chaos of saigon's fall [electronic resource] / John P. Riordan
title_shortThey are all my family
title_suba daring rescue in the chaos of saigon's fall
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Humanitarian assistance, American
Refugees
Vietnam War, 1961-1975