During the Vietnam War, Lam Le served in the South Vietnamese navy, working on a ship to support the combat troops on the ground.
Everything changed in 1975, though, when Saigon fell.
“Everything fell apart,” he said. “I get a friend and we go up to the base and go up to the boat and went.”
He had to leave his family behind.
“It left me hurt because my family is still there, my parents and all my sisters and brothers who were there,” Le said.