On June 14, 1969, he was awarded the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for `Heroism while participating in aerial flight'.
The United States passed special laws designed to help South Vietnamese who had experienced special hardship during the war to immigrate to the United States. One provision of this law is that those South Vietnamese who spent a year or more in North Vietnamese "re-education camps" were allowed to enter the United States by special provision. However, because of his amputated arms, Major An was released from such a camp after only nine weeks, and so did not qualify. What he had done for his American comrades-in-arm was completely ignored and only after a staggering amount of paperwork and the special efforts of a U.S Congressman did Major An receive permission to immigrate to the United States.
After a special law was enacted, Major An was granted legal residency and citizenship on October 31, 1996. However, this special consideration did not apply to his daughter, Nguyen Ngoc Kim Quy, who takes care of him, and additional efforts had to be made before she was able to come to the United States.
Vietnamese who saved Americans settles in with help from old friends. (Originated from Knight-Ridder Newspapers)
Feb 22, 1994; SAN JOSE, Calif. _ As his daughter lighted a British cigarette in the hook that serves as his left hand, former South Vietnamese...