Summary: Oral History of Mr. Nguyen Trong Phat (or PhatTrong Nguyen, western-style) who was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1951. His family moved south in 1954 and followed his father’s work as a bus driver. He spoke about his early days in school and then his career in the Army for seven years. He married his wife in 1973. After the war ended, he was sent to reeducation camp and then imprisoned again in 1977. He spoke at length and in vivid detail about his boat journey from Vietnam to Hong Kong, focusing on the survival strategies of those aboard his boat. After resettlement in the United States, he worked many odd jobs until he started his small business, shipping care packages to Vietnam in the 1980s. This business eventually became one of the most established money transfer and shipping businesses in Orange County, California.