“Cambodian and Vietnamese Highlander” Conference was held on February 3–4, 2018, at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)
1966, Green Beret commander has new recruit for his veteran Montagnard outfit
Just before the first panel of Fainting Robin Foundation’s Cambodian and Vietnamese highlander conference began, decorated Green Beret Ron Copley rose and addressed the Montagnards who had traveled from different parts of North Carolina to attend the event. Copley thanked them for their loyalty to U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War and added that he would probably not be alive without them. Some in the audience, like Y Siu Hlong and Y Duen Buondap, were once soldiers of the United Front for the Struggle of Oppressed Races, better known as FULRO, a Montagnard resistance movement that sought autonomy from Vietnam. FULRO as well as Montagnards trained by US Special Forces as Civilian Irregular Defense Forces (CIDG) began fighting the Vietnamese during the early 1960s. By the time the U.S. withdrew from Southeast Asia in 1975, 85 percent of Montagnard villages had been destroyed and half of their adult males were dead. More»
Whether supporting Cambodians seeking accountability
after genocide, solving cold cases about American MIAs in Southeast Asia, helping powerless academics fired without cause or compensation, inventing ocean lifesaving equipment for American Special Operations soldiers, helping young and controversial academics get their books published, aiding young veterans transitioning back into civilian life, assisting the family of a woman brutally murdered overseas, or saving a life in the ocean, —professor and author Peter Maguire has devoted his life to helping others.