Based: San Bernardino
181st Support Battalion
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: November 7, 2004
Baghdad (western part), Iraq
Hometown: Mission Viejo
High School: Mission Viejo High (Mission Viejo)
Foreign Country of Birth: Vietnam
Burial: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside
Trần Quốc Bình
Tran Quoc Binh (aka Binh Quoc "Bo" Tran) (Vietnamese: Trần Quốc Bình) (1978 - 2004) was born in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He was the first U.S. Army Vietnamese-American killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq.
Tran Quoc Binh was born in South Vietnam in 1978. He was the first U.S. Army Vietnamese-American killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq in 2004.From the LA Times:
During the Fall of Saigon, his father Van Tran a devout anti-communist was a Lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). He chose to remain and protect his family and defend South Vietnam from the invading North Vietnamese Army and their Viet Cong Agents.
His father was captured and sent to a re-education camp...In 1986, upon the release of his father their family secretly left the clutches of Communism through the jungle. Sergeant Tran Quoc Binh carried his sister Katie on his shoulders and led his other sister Kristie by the hand through the jungles in Vietnam.
When he left for Iraq, Sgt. Quoc Binh "Bo" Tran's family knew they were not supposed to worry. For him, it was his duty and the kind of adventure that fueled his daring spirit.
Tran, 26, a mechanic in the California Army National Guard, died after the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a roadside bomb Nov. 7 outside Baghdad.
"My mom and my brother enjoyed a special relationship. He would call every day and let her know how things were going. She and my dad are very proud of him," she added.
Tran got his nickname from two sources, said his sister Kristie. "It was short for Binh, but also it was short for Beau, which means 'beautiful' in French."
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