phone: 908.859.4500 NJ • 610.258.7021 PA

Chien Duc Do

Mr. Do was born on 10/10/1940 in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam. Having lost both parents early, he experienced a very hard life as a child, moving from one caretaker to the next, having to work meager jobs to survive. He spent the later part of his childhood with his older sister Tam Do, who helped put him through middle/high school. Mr. Do was the first in his family to attend high school. Living in a very rural area of Vietnam, he walked about 7 miles each way to school every day and was respected and admired by many in his village for his dedication.

After grade school, Mr. Do attended and graduated from the elite Vietnamese National Military Academy of Dalat in 1965. He started his military career as a Captain in the Rangers, and was later promoted to Major and Commander of Rangers 60th Battalion, part of the 15th Regiment, Army of the Republic of (South) Vietnam.

As an officer of the ARVN, Mr. Do led his units through many battles on the front line against the Vietnamese Communists. He was affectionately known as “Cửu Long” (Nine Dragons) by his peers and subordinates. Among his most hard fought battles was Operation Lam Son 719, Southern Laos Campaign, during which he was wounded by an enemy bullet that pierced his arm. He was wounded by His bravery and leadership has been documented in many memoirs and books including Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75, by George Veith. An excerpt from the book:

“Chien’s unit had only two hundred men, and most of his officers had been killed or wounded… His unit was being asked to defend against an enemy force five times its size supported by artillery… Chien’s Rangers drove them off with a barrage of mortar rounds… Of the five hundred Rangers who had marched up into the Mom Kum Sac hills, only about three hundred escaped…”

At the end of the war (known in the USA as the Vietnam War), Mr. Do was imprisoned in Communist Vietnam’s “re-education” camps for 13 years. In 1991, Mr. Do and his family immigrated to the USA and reunited with his oldest son. Starting his post-military career from scratch, he joined S Johnson & Sons Inc and worked there as a mechanic supervisor. He worked hard for many years before his retirement in 2009 to support his family and help his children through school.

Mr. Do is known for his involvement and leadership in the overseas Vietnamese community. He has served as:

  • Founding members and advisor board member of the Free Vietnamese Community of Pennsylvania
  • President of the Free Vietnamese Community of Easton/Bethlehem, PA
  • President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Vietnamese Military Academy of Dalat Alumni Association.

Mr. Do is survived by his wife Thanh-Hoi Nguyen of 51 years, sons Chinh Do, Phuc Do, Vuong Do, daughter Nhat-Khai Do DMD, sister Tam Do, 11 grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Mr. Do was a loving grandfather, father, husband, and friend to everyone. Please join us in prayer for our father’s peaceful departure and the celebration of his life.

A Buddhist Prayer Service will be held at the Finegan Funeral Home, 4080 William Penn Highway, Easton, PA, on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 1 PM. The Visitation will take place afterwards from 2-7 PM, with a Memorial Service to directly follow. A Funeral Ceremony is then being held at 8:00 AM on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Funeral Home, with the interment scheduled for later that day at 3 PM at the National Memorial Park, King David Memorial Gardens, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA.

A Prayer Service will be held every Sunday for the following 7 weeks, at 10 AM, at the Chua Linh Quang Temple, 821 Ridge Rd, Telford, PA. 

Donations will benefit the Association for Disabled Veterans of ARVN