Vietnam veteran meets daughter for first time in 45 years

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Vietnam Veteran met his daughter for the first time after 45 years.

There were many tears, but they were all happy as the Dad and daughter hugged. John Mackenzie was able to not only meet his daughter, but also his grandchildren.

John Mackenzie and Hang’s Mom, Huong Ngo met while Mackenzie was serving in the Vietnam War. Hang was born shortly after in Vietnam.

Mackenzie said, “My other daughter and myself were trying to find them, but we had the wrong name and we didn’t know where they were. We thought they were still in Vietnam.” 

Thanks to a DNA test, Hang was finally able to find her Dad after 45 years of searching. She doesn’t speak much English and did not want to talk on camera, but you could see on her face just how happy she was to finally say hello. Mackenzie said,  “I didn’t know whether I was going to cry or not, but other than that I guess that’s okay. It’s a happy occasion.”

Mackenzie and his other daughter say they finally feel complete. Ann Moore (Hang’s sister) said,  “This feels like just this missing part of my life, a part of my family I was never able to connect with and I’m just so excited that I get to know her now.”

Now the whole family is making up for lost time. Mackenzie said, “We’ve been communicating quite a bit on Facebook. We’ve been sharing pictures over the last month since we’ve been connected.” 


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