So sorry for the long delay. Too many thing coming and I was overwhelm.
On the Part 3, ONLY Earle42 made a complete entry & XavierOfGreen did made a partial entry. On one else tried, so I guess I will have to end the contest here..... it had been lengthy one. I really appreciated all the efforts and contributions from everyone & I have learned quite a few things from each and everyone of you.
So the result of Part 3: Earle42 (100 points) got first prize and XavierOfGreen got bonus prize.
Grand total (Final):
1st Prize = Earle42 (120 + 105 + 100)
2nd Prize = Tim Stroud (100 + 50 + 0)
3rd Prize = Nod2003 (46 + 0 + 0)
Bonus Prize = wolf-n-wa, Moe, amassey08873, XavierOfGreen
had 3 entries, won 3x 1st prize for the 3 elimination round and won 1st prize for the final = 3x 1975 Proof Set (I may have to substitude the year, unless you don't want to) AND 1x Uncirculated Morgan dollar
. I need your mailing address. Tim Stroud
had 2 entries, won 2x 2nd prize for 2 out of 3 elimination round & won 2nd prize for the final = 2x 1975 Mint Set (I may have to substitude the year, unless you don't want to) AND 1x Uncirculated ASE
dollar. I need your mailing address.Nod2003
had 1 entries, won 1x 3rd prize & wond 3rd prize for the final = 1x Coins/Currency(ies) during the Vietnam War era (from one of those countries that participated in the war) with the current value of about 5USD AND 1x Uncirculated Franklin half dollar
. I need your mailing addressMoe
will receive 2x bonus prize for having family member served & partial entry. Wolf-n-wa & amassey08873
will receive 1x bonus prize each for having family member served XavierOfGreen
will receive 1x bonus prize for partial entry.I need all of your mailing address.
Last words: I've created this contest to remember those who have fallen and/or sacrified part of their body for the freedom of others, to thanks those who have made it possible for my family and many other have a second chance and to remember those hardships that my family had to go through. Note: The Moving Wall http://www.themovingwall.org/)
is traveling around the country, if you have a chance, please check it out and visit it when it get in your town.
My family is considered "political refugee" since my dad was a Lieutentant in the National Police force (nick named "The Control Engine of the South" for preventing the Vietcong from infiltrating the villages and the local political system) and was sent to almost 6yrs in the concentration camp (called "re-education camp" by the Communist) at the fall of Saigon.
Our family went through all the hardship of the 'second class citizents' that's immaginable in a Communist country. The worst part is when I entering school. Because of my dad history, I was being put on the 'black list' - no matter how good I am, I can never be 1st in the class, I have to pay full amount of tution on the first day of each quarter, no exception and no assistant/help from any agencies (when I was in elementary school, one time my parents didn't have enough money to pay, they were waiting to sell some crops; the teachers kicked me out of the class on the morning that I supposed to pay, I was about 6yrs or so, and I had to walk about 2 miles home under the scroting sun - my parent usually picked me up after school and didn't expect what happened - we didn't have any cellphone back then - just in case you didn't know....). My schooling was continued to be hampered by my dad's past until the US created the Humanitairan Operation (nick name "HO") and we able to immigrated here.
The Humanitairan Operation started around 1990. It allowed all those officers of the former Republic of Vietnam who went to concentration of 3+ years and their family to immigrate to the US. We came here in 1994
I am forever graceful for the opportunity that the US and its citizents give us. Without such opportunity, I don't know how my future and the future of our family will be like. We are all US citizents now and we are here to make a different, a better future for the next generation - I am a proud Boy Scout of America Leader for 10+ yrs and my brother is a proud Eagle Scout.