On July 24, 2002, I mailed/faxed the following letter to Ambassador Burghardt:
July 24, 2002 Ambassador Raymond F. Burghardt US Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam Via FAX 844-772-1510 and Post Reference: Embassy Letter of 2/6/02 Dear Ambassador Burghardt: This is a follow-up to your letter to me of February 6, 2002, stating that you would be procuring a replacement plaque honoring the 5 soldiers killed defending US Embassy Saigon in 1968. I am hoping that you can provide an update to that situation, and perhaps provide information on when that replacement will be ready and if there will be any kind of ceremony when it is re-dedicated. As you know, I have been keeping an Internet "diary" of my correspondences regarding this matter on the Vietnam Veteran's Home Page (http://www.vietvet.org//plaquepage.htm), and I have received numerous requests to update and post the current status of that project. Thank you for any information you are able to provide. Sincerely and most respectfully, John Paul Rossie
On August 13, 2002, I received the follow response by email:
Subject: Replacement Plaque
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 16:43:03 +0700
From: "Oliveira, John A"
On October 3, I received the following letter on US Embassy - Hanoi letterhead:
30 September 2002
Reference: JPR Letter dated 24 July 2002
Dear Mr. Rossie,
Thank you for your correspondence regarding the plaque honoring the
five US Armed Forces members killed defending the US Embassy during
the 1968 Tet Offensive. We have recently procurred a replica of the
plaque and intend to replace the plaque on the US Consulate grounds
in Saigon in the near future.
This is an important monument and we intend to display the plaque in
an appropriate way that remembers and honors the sacrifice of the
five brave Americans. The energy and interest you have taken in this
matter is greatly appreciated.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Stephen C. Ball
Colonel, US Army
Defense and Army Attache
US Embassy, Hanoi
This is all good news -
BUT, we can't slack off on our demands for the return of the original plaque. PLEASE, go to the WHAT CAN YOU DO page and use the addresses and form to send a demand letter or email to the Vietnamese for the return of our original missing War Memorial!
John Paul Rossie