Former South Vietnamese Army interpreter visits Marine unit he supported during Vietnam War

Sonny Wong was a soldier with the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in 1966. As U.S. forces were then in dire need of Vietnamese-speaking interpreters, he was assigned to support a U.S. military unit as an “NCO Interpreter.”

Wong was one of the 3 selected to serve with the 12th Marine Regiment.

51 years later, Wong visited that same unit’s headquarters at Camp Hansen, Okinawa Japan.

He was given a tour by the regiment’s commander and sergeant major, and was fascinated by how different current equipent and systems are from those he saw during the war.

In gratitude for his service, the command team gave Mr. Wong a command coin — he said he would always cherish it.

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