DIARY: Hoog revisits Vietnam, 25 years later

John McCain may have gotten all the headlines, but there were plenty of other heroes who returned to Vietnam for the 25th anniversary of the war’s end.

John McCain may have gotten all the headlines, but there were plenty of other heroes who returned to Vietnam for the 25th anniversary of the war’s end.

John McCain may have gotten all the headlines, but there were

plenty of other heroes who returned to Vietnam for the 25th anniversary

of the war’s end.



One such man was Hill & Knowlton CEO Tom Hoog, who returned to Vietnam

for the first time as a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Corporate Counsel, a group of CEOs who look for opportunities for the

two nations to work together.



A Naval aviator in the Pacific (Third) Fleet during his six-year tour of

duty, Hoog spent three days in Hanoi and two in Ho Chi Minh City last

month. While there, he visited the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, where

several of his friends, including McCain, were confined.



’It was a really sobering experience and to me, a testimony to what

incredible human beings they were,’ Hoog said.



He also expressed surprise at the lack of economic progress in northern

Vietnam over the past quarter century. ’You see an entrepreneurial

spirit, but you’re taken aback by how behind a lot of the world is.’



As a gesture of goodwill, Hoog’s delegation made a presentation of

computers to the University of Hanoi.



So will he return in 2025? ’I just hope I’m around for the 50th

anniversary,’ he quipped.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Would you like to post a comment?

Please Sign in or register.