A small section of riding on deadly route 1 yesterday before getting back to country roads again onto my rest stop here in Sa Huynh today ( Monday 6th June Anniversary of D Day ).
The main objective yesterday was to visit the Dang Thuy Tram memorial hospital in Duc Pho. The hospital was constructed in the memory of Doctor Dang Thuy Tram ( Cham = English pronunciation ) a civilian doctor who also aided Vietnamese soldiers during the Vietnam War. She was killed by an American soldier who captured her diary notes.
Mrs. Quynh Anh VTV8 Vietnamese TV news did a coverage on local news ( Danang ) of TLRH Trucks visit to the hospital and coverage will be included in a Vietnamese VTV4 international TV documentary in the future. Great public relations for TLRH and the hospital which is always in need of assistance by way of funding and medical equipment. TLRH made a small donations and has made a commitment to mention them on their website as a link for people to aid and donate to the hospital.
Doctor Dang Thuy Tram ( Wikipedia )
Born; November 26th 1942 in Hue , Vietnam, died on June 22nd 1970 in Duc Pho, Quang Ngai Province , Vietnam.
She was a Vietnamese Doctor and worked as a battlefield surgeon for North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. At the age of 27 she was killed in disputed circumstances by U.S Forces while travelling on a trail in the Ba To jungle in the Quang Ngai Province of South-Central Vietnam. Her wartime diaries, which chronicles the last two years of her life attracted international attention following their publication in 2005.
One of Tram's handwritten diaries was captured by U.S Forces in December 1969. Following her death in a gun battle on June 22, 1970 a second diary was taken by Frederic ( Fred ) Whitehurst, a then 22 year old military intelligence specialist. Whitehurst defied an order to burn the diaries,instead following the advice of a South Vietnamese translator not to destroy them. He kept them for 35 years, with the intention of eventually returning them to Tram's family.
After returning to the United States Whitehurst's search for Tram's family initially proved unsuccessful. After earning a Ph.D. In chemistry he joined the FBI, but was unable to reach anyone from the Vietnamese embassy. In March 2005, he and his brother Robert , another Vietnam veteran brought the diaries to a conference at Texas Tech University. There they met photographer Ted Englemann ( also a Vietnam veteran ) who offered to look for Tram's family during his trip to Vietnam. With the assistance of Do Xuan Anh, a staff member in the Hanoi Quaker office, Englemann was able to locate Tram's mother, Doan Ngoc Tram, and subsequently reached the rest of her family.
In July 2005, Tram's diaries were published in Vietnam under the title; Nhat Ky Dang Thuy Tram Diaries ( Last Night I Dreamed of Peace ) which quickly became a bestseller. In less than a year, the volume sold more than 300,000 copies and comparisons between Tram's writings and that of Anne Frank.
In August 2005 Fred and Robert Whitehurst travelled to Hanoi Vietnam to meet Tram's family. In October that year, Tram's family visited Lubbock, Texas to view the diaries archived at Texas Tech University Vietnam Archive, and then visited Fred Whitehurst and his family.
The diaries were translated into English and published in 2007. They include family photographs and images of Tram. Translations of the diaries have been published in at least 16 different languages.
In 2009, a film about Tram by Vietnamese director Dang Nhat Minh, entitled Dung Dot "Do Not Burn It ", was released.
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