Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:June 12th, 2012 10:46 EST

'Christmas in Vietnam` Documents a Special Christmas Party in Vietnam War

By SOP newswire

In 1967, a unique Christmas party was provided by American airmen, soldiers, and nurses for the children of an orphanage in Can Giuoc, Vietnam. This moment provides a bright memory of Vietnam for those in attendance and demonstrates the power of the Christmas spirit. This celebration is the subject of the upcoming documentary Christmas in Vietnam. The identity of the Army Sergeant who portrayed Santa Claus for these children remains a mystery but the joy he provided remains immortalized on recently uncovered Super 8mm film that the filmmakers have converted to High Definition.    

A film crew from Blue Juice Films and 3 Boys Productions will be traveling to Olathe, Kansas for the first ever reunion of the Vietnam veterans of Advisory Team 86 (MACV) and the 555th MILPHAP (Military Provincial Health Assistance Program) which takes place on June 8- 10 at the Olathe Medical CenterHoliday Inn.  These two groups were instrumental in providing a bright shining moment to the innocent children during a very bleak war and 45 years later they are coming together to tell their tale.

A MILPHAP team was assigned to a Vietnamese provincial hospital where they provided medical care to the civilian population. Each team was composed of three physicians, one medical administrative officer, and 12 enlisted technicians. The military medical team of the 555th was made up of members of the United States Air Force with support by the United States Army and they provided direct aid to the civilians of Long An Province, Vietnam.

"I`m looking forward to meeting and filming interviews with these great men who served outside of Saigon and getting their reflections on their Christmas in Vietnam," said co-producer Terry Cronin of 3 Boys Productions. "I think this is a great opportunity to tell the story of the heroic veterans who brought Christmas joy to children during wartime," said co-producer Thomas Mumme of Blue Juice Films.