Just before the fall of South Viet Nam in April 1975, the Montagnards were promised continued military aid by the American Embassy if they went to the jungles and continued their fight against the Vietnamese communists. They did what they were told to do, and never received the promised aid
From our “Abandoned Allies,” a group of 212 fighters and their families emerged from the jungles of Cambodia after 11 years of fighting, fled to a refugee camp in Thailand and were resettled in the US in 1986. A second group of 400, dubbed the “Lost Battalion,” was located in Eastern Cambodia in 1992 and resettled in the US after 17 years of continued guerilla war. Only these few survived of the thousands who fled to the jungles to continue the fight against the Vietnamese communists; the others were either killed or died of disease and malnutrition and buried in the jungle in unmarked graves.
The final betrayal of our “Abandoned Allies” was in February 2007, when Ellen Sauerbrey, Assistant Secretary of State for population, refugees and migration went to Vietnam and proclaimed that the Montagnards were no longer being persecuted by the Vietnamese communists and should stay in the Central Highlands and not flee to other countries to try to obtain refugee status.
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