Vietnamese Refugee joins the United States Navy that saved his life

Victoria medical doctor gets commissioned into the navy

VICTORIA, Texas – Doctor Peter Nguyen is currently a practicing medical doctor here in Victoria but the journey to getting here wasn’t easy.

Dr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and at the age of nine fled the country with his mother and brother during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Nguyen’s mother was scared of the communist invasion of Vietnam after having first-hand experience and knew her family needed to escape the country to survive.

While escaping on a fishing boat, Dr. Nguyen’s family was rescued by a United States Navy aircraft carrier and transported to America as Vietnam War Refugees.

The family would later move to Seadrift where they worked in the fishing industry.

“Even through all the turmoil and danger we went through, it was worth it because we found freedom,” says Dr. Nguyen.

Dr. Nguyen attended Lousiana State University and obtained a doctorate in pharmacy before heading off to medical school.

Last week, Dr. Nguyen was commissioned into the United States Navy to serve the country that saved him and his family.

“I’m very fortunate to be able to give back to American what America has given us, our family and myself the opportunity to be educated and have the career that I have today,” says Dr. Nguyen.

Dr. Nguyen plans to continue his medical practice as an internal medicine doctor and serve his country as an undersea medicine doctor.