Congressman Cao’s Father Passes Away
My Quang Cao, the father of Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA-02), was born in Vietnam on January 21, 1932. He died on October 20, 2010 in New Orleans with family by his side.
He married Khang Thi Tran and the couple had eight children.
During the Vietnam war, Cao was a Lieutenant in the South Vietnamese army. When South Vietnam fell to the Communist North in 1975, Lt. Cao was taken a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese Army.
Cao spent the next seven years shuffled between Communist “re-education” camps, where he was subjected to physical and psychological torture. Khang Thi Tran was allowed to visit her husband only four times a year during his imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Tran packed up their two small sons and one of their daughters and put them on a plane to Guam, where they eventually found their way to the United States. My Quang Cao was released from prison in 1982, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, and reunited with his wife.
In 1991, the couple emigrated to the United States, where, for the first time in 16 years, they were reunited with the three children they had sent ahead of them. The couple lived for a few months in Fairfax, Virginia before moving to Houston, Texas. In November, 2003, My Quang Cao moved with his wife to New Orleans, where he spent the last seven years of his life battling diabetes and still suffering Post Traumatic Stress.
He lived to see his oldest son, Anh “Joseph” Cao, become the first Vietnamese-American ever elected to the United States Congress. My Quang Cao is survived by his widow, Khang Thi Tran, five daughters–Thu, Thanh, Oanh, Yen and Van–and two sons, Anh “Joseph” and Khanh.
Funeral arrangements are pending.