The Fate of the Montagnards…

Posted On: July 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM By: DanNY

Veterans Assist Indigenous Survivors Story by Pfc. Benjamin Watson Posted on 07.30.2008 at 11:46AM

In 1986, several hundred natives of Vietnam, called either DeGas or Montagnards, and their families were relocated to the United States as refugees. In the latter part of 1992, close to 400 additional DeGas were granted asylum in the United States and were resettled in North Carolina, particularly in Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheboro.

Were it not for the involvement of retired U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers, it is unlikely that the Montagnard people would have ever gotten to the U.S.

When the leaders of the Montagnards were brought to the U.S., they were asked where they wanted to settle, according to retired U.S. Army Special Forces Master Sgt. George Clark, who today is President of Save The Montagnard People, Inc. The Montagnards were offered land in Florida and Louisiana, but were uninterested.

The Montagnards reply, said Clark, was that we ve got to be close to the Special Forces. They grew up with us, we grew up with them. That s why they re in North Carolina.—

In 1975 there were seven million Montagnards living, said Clark. Today there are approximately 600,000.

Read the whole thing here at Blackfive.

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