The son of a South Vietnamese merchant marine, Flora came of age as Communist forces cracked down on the U.S.-supported government based in Saigon. In 1980, when he was 18, Flora fled Vietnam to escape the regime. He spent three years hiding in the jungle, then fled by boat to Indonesia, where he was placed in a harsh refugee camp.
Flora eventually arrived in the Roanoke Valley through a Catholic charity that places refugee children with foster homes. After being adopted by a Roanoke County couple, John and Audrey Flora, he quickly learned English and graduated from Cave Spring High School in just three years.
Flora then attended Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a degree in biology and accepted a commission into the U.S. Army Reserve in 1987.
Read the whole thing, and understand what this man went through, and what he has done. The article is full of great details, and it is well and truly fitting that he was promoted at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.