Xeo Van NGUYEN
December 31, 1934 – September 6, 2019
Xeo Van NGUYEN was born on December 31, 1934 and passed away on September 6, 2019.
- Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, October 13, 2019
Xeo Van NGUYEN
October 13, 2019
I am his granddaughter. My grandpa was a war hero during the Vietnam war, well known for his kindness and strength. He moved to The States when I was only one year old, so all I knew about him growing up was through my parents'and grandma's stories. In my mind back then, I always pictured him as a large strong and admirable warrior. But because of the political circumstances in Vietnam, we all had to stay silenced and could not express our true feelings and love for him. He was the communists' enemy, and the country was taken over by them after the war.
When I was a teenager, I had the opportunity to go study abroad, and I was able to reach out and connect with my grandpa. I met him for the first time when I was seventeen. It was one of the most special days in my life when he picked me up at the airport in New Orleans. I had never met him once, and as soon as I saw the man, I knew he was my grandpa. He was not the big strong or fierce warrior as I had always imagined growing up. You see, he was seventy something already then. But he was one of the kindest and gentlest soul that I've known. He was always quiet, but he smiled a lot. His smile was loving, calm, and somehow, very sad. The wars that he fought, seemed like they still haven't ended. When I visited him, we sometimes just sat, quietly, but we both enjoyed each other's company so much. He's the grandpa I was always dreaming about-kind and loving. I am always overwhelmed with great respect and honor to be his granddaughter. His war and life stories kept me up crying many nights. The pain and sacrifices that he made was unbearable, but he lived on and fought for his family and the true feelings in his heart. Me and my family love him immensely.
He might have been gone now, but his stories live on. I will forever keep my few but most precious days with him in my heart, until we meet again.
Love you, grandpa! Rest in peace. You'll be in my heart always and forever.