A Thousand Tears Falling: The True Story of a Vietnamese Family Torn Apart by War, Communism, and the CIA

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The author discusses how her father's Communist sympathies divided their family and how she agreed to act as a spy for the CIA in return for her family's safety

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Yung Krall was born in Vietnam during the French-Indo-China war. Her father and older brother chose to join the Vietminh to drive the French from Vietnam. The Vietminh were supported by the Communist backed National Liberation Front (NLF) who were there to win the hearts and minds of the Vietminh fighters. Yung Krall's father was one of those who chose to join with Communist cause, over the years rising in the organization to become Hanoi's Ambassador to Russia. Yung's mother subscribed to free and democratic ideals, eventually moving the rest of her family to live near Saigon, where Yung Krall would meet her future husband a US Navy pilot. Years later, when the fall of Saigon was imminent, Lt. Commander John Krall, on his own accord, helped free Yung's family only days before the invasion and fall of Saigon. Living in the US and now a naturalized citizen, Yung Krall was recruited by the CIA to serve as an espionage agent gaining valuable information on communist subversives here in the United States. She would ultimately discover that a senior US official, with a top secret clearance was selling classified information to the communists. Her work with the CIA and FBI resulted in the only espionage prosecution associated with the Vietnam war. US Information Agency employee Ron Humphrey and his co-conspirator David Troung both received 15 years in prison for espionage. Ms. Yung Krall is a true American hero of Vietnamese decent who fought against communism, despite her father being a top level official of the Hanoi government as Ambassador to Russia.

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In 1977, a woman called "Keyseat" arrived in Paris with 49 classified U.S. documents. Two days later, Hanoi representatives to the Paris Peace Talks possessed the documents, believing that Keyseat, whose father was a Viet Cong official, was their agent. In the United States in 1982, the Vietnam era's only convicted spies, antiwar activist David Truong and USIA officer Ronald Humphrey, were sentenced for document theft. The main U.S. witness was Keyseat, both a CIA and FBI agent. Yung (then Dung Krall) was Keyseat. Her memoir juxtaposes two phases of her unusual life: her early years in South Vietnam and her adult time as a U.S. Navy wife and career espionage agent. She also provides unique details of village and family customs, patiently describing her childhood, revealing the pain she suffered in a family split by ideology. Yung, anti-Communist from childhood, who shared her mother's views, was also a daughter of Dang Quang Minh, the Viet Cong's ambassador to the Soviet Union, whose life was threatened by his daughter's testimony. Yung led a fast-paced life that in its details rivals spy thriller fiction. A recommended first-person account for larger public collections.
Margaret W. Norton, J. Sterling Morton H.S., Berwyn, Ill.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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