Re: Vietnamese scouting
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 13:27:06 -0700
At 07:11 AM 10/1/96 -0600, you wrote:
>My collegue has got two Vietnamiese refugees in his troop. He'd like
>to learn them also about the history of scouting in their country, but
>we were able to find only, that
>- there definitely was scouting in (South) Vietnam
>- still exists troops of Vietnamese scouts in exile (I've met one of
>them from France)
>- South Vietnamese delegation wasn't allowed to participate in one
>of the big scout events (Jamboree?), because during their travelling
>there South Vietnam falls
>Could you add something to this poor list, please?
C.T. Miller, a former Assistant Council Executive of the Ventura County
Council of the BSA, was in Vietnam and worked with Vietnamese Scouting
during his tours of duty there. He was a retired army officer.
He once told me that the Vietnamese Scouts planned a national jamboree.
The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong announced that they would
kill all of the Scouts and leaders. The U.S. Army decided that they
would provide protection for the event.
As a result, several brigades of American troops took up position
around the jamboree site and dug into defensive blocking positions.
During the jamboree, there were several pitched battles between
American troops determined to defend the Scouts and NVA troops intent
upon killing them. These battles took place out of sight, but within
hearing range of the jamboree site.
The Vietnamese Scouts and Scout leaders returned home safely.
Alas, C.T. has passed away. Thus, all I can provide you with is the
Subsequent to the fall of South Vietnam, many of the Boy Scout leaders
were arrested and sent to concentration camps for "re-education".
Scout leaders have long been regarded by tyrants of all types as being
potential focal points for resistance to tyranny and oppression. It
matters not whether the tyrants in question are Communist, fascist, or
of some other ideological persuasion.
I hope that this is of some assistance to you.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Scoutmaster, Troop 852 Woodbadge 416-18
Ventura County Council Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
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