Dr. Peter Nguyen

Lt. Cmdr. Peter Nguyen, of Victoria, salutes Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Evans, of the U.S. Navy. Nguyen was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Reserves Medical Corps Thursday.

When 9-year-old Peter Nguyen fled a war-torn Vietnam with his family in 1975, they searched desperately for safe harbor.

Now 54, the Victoria doctor remembers spending days adrift on a boat in the South China Sea. Bombs were exploding throughout Saigon as Nguyen and his family left their home country and the unrest that had overcome it.

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