Meet Brigadier General Lapthe Flora, VMI ’87

Congrats to VMI’s newest general officer, and the class of 87’s fifth if I’m not mistaken. He has a great story:

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.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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5 Responses to Meet Brigadier General Lapthe Flora, VMI ’87

  1. MSS87 says:

    I believe it is six for ’87. Two AF, two USMC, one Army, and one NG.

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  2. vmijpp says:

    HELL-FIRE AND DAMNATION! Did I miss one? I know the two Marines and the two Air Force, and I know the Guardsman… who’s the Army one??

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  3. MSS87 says:

    My bust. I was thinking Paul Pardew ’89. It’s tough to remember since I matriculated with ’87, but graduated with ’89. Sort of have two BR classes.

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  4. keydet1976 says:

    This is the America I love; where an immigrant can grow up to be a Brigadier General in the Army National Guard. God Bless America.

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