WESTMINSTER (CBSLA.com) — There are decades and thousands of miles between the fall of Saigon in 1975 and the community enclave of Little Saigon in Orange County, but the memory of those chaotic days is still fresh for Frank Jao and Frank Snepp.
“There wasn’t time to think. I wasn’t allowed to think. The only thing in my mind was the safest route was to get out of here,” Jao said, recalling his escape on one of the last flights out of South Vietnam on April 28, 1975.
Jao had been working in sales for several American businesses and some government interests as a translator. Two days after his escape with just the clothes on his back, the Communists took over.
“My wife was a little bit better prepared. She bring a small bag of her clothing,” Jao said. “For me, I purposely not to prepare because if there were…
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