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Friday, June 21, 2013

Bac Thi Pham Eaton Interview

Bac Thi Pham Eaton and Sam Eaton Christmas 1970

Bac Thi Pham Eaton was born on June 18, 1953 in Bai Cham, An Long, Vietnam. Her family suffered heavy losses and was politically divided during the Vietnam (American) war. As a young woman working in a sick bay for the U.S Navy, she met and learned English from her husband, Sam Eaton. In 1975 Bac and Sam, along with their two small children fled to the U.S. and settled in Los Angeles, CA. Bac became a U.S. citizen in 1980. In 1981 the Eatons moved their family to Krum, Texas, where Bac grew and sold produce while caring for their growing family. Bac and Sam eventually went into the diamond business. The Eatons now split their time between Denton, TX and Lien Houng, Vietnam. In Lien Houng Bac enjoys her fish farm and raising fruit trees, and spending time with and employing family members whom she had been separated from for nearly twenty years. Sam and Bac both suffer effects from exposure to agent orange. Bac’s interview is now available online.

Bac & Sam Eaton. 7F-116 Gamewardens Reunion, 2006

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  1. Sam is a direct descendent of the sister of Jesse A. Hyatt, my grandfather who was born in denton, TX, but I never knew him until we both happened to visit the museum at the old denton courthouse on the same day. We didn’t meet that day but got adress of each other and in July 2008 I met Sam and Bac at a Family Reunion in Denton. It has been a real blessing to me to know them and they raised six gorgeous daughters in Denton County. Her story of life in Vietnam before and during the War is very revealing of life in rural Vietnam.

    Comment by B A Hyatt — Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

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