Vietnam War Adversaries Meet for March 19 Lecture and Book Signing at the Museum of Flight

Dan Cherry and Nguyen Hong My talk of “My Enemy, My Friend – A Story of Reconciliation from the Vietnam War”

SEATTLE – Two Vietnam War fighter pilots who once flew combat against each other, will lecture at The Museum of Flight on March 19 at 2 p.m. While serving as a U.S. Air Force pilot in Vietnam during 1972, then-Maj. Dan Cherry shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-21, and saw the plane’s pilot, Nguyen Hong My, bail out. He did not learn of the Hong My’s fate until they happened to meet 36 years later. The two men became friends. Both will share stories about their war experiences and the events that led to this remarkable friendship. They also will sign copies of Cherry’s book, “My Enemy, My Friend – A Story of Reconciliation from the Vietnam War,” following the lecture. The lecture is free with admission to the Museum.
Dan Cherry
Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry flew 295 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He was the Commander and Leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team; Commander of Moody Air Force Base, Ga.; Inspector General of the Pacific Air Forces; Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing flying the F-16 and Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service. Cherry has also served in state government as secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet. He was inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2000.
Nguyen Hong My
The fourth of eight children, Nguyen Hong My grew up in a poor area of Vietnam. In July 1967, Hong My was sent to the Soviet Union for pilot training. In March 1968, he graduated from pilot training and returned to Vietnam to participate in battle. Hong My was selected for the Red Star Air Force Association as an operations watch officer flying many missions. During air combat on Jan. 19, 1972, Hong My shot down an American RF-4. During a flight on April 16, 1972, he managed to avoid several incoming enemy missiles, but was finally shot down by Maj. Cherry, and parachuted out of his burning MiG. Injuries from the incident ended his flying career. After the War, Hong My worked for the Vietnam Insurance Company from 1978 until his retirement in 2006.
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