Detroit native Ron Miller spent more than five decades working and traveling in Asia and the Middle East. That includes the better part of a decade in Vietnam, the subject of his memoir, Vietnam Journey: Ten Years in Vietnam (CreateSpace, 262 pp., $14, paper).
Miller and his family arrived in Vietnam in May of 1965. They left just before the communist takeover in April of 1975. He was twenty-nine years old when he came to Vietnam to work for a big construction company. He and his family flew out of Saigon on April 25, 1975.
“We were among the 3, 000 refugees officially evacuated that day, ” Miller writes. “For us the Vietnam experience was over. I was nearly 40 years old and had spent a quarter of my life in the country. Two of my sons were born there and for ten years we adored the Vietnam [sic ], but Casablanca it wasn’t.”
Miller “vowed, ” he says, “never to place my loved ones in jeopardy again. This would be the last time. From this very moment on we would choose to reside and work exclusively in peaceful secure companies.”