One of the great high school sport stories to come out of Orange County, the Le family story from Viet Nam to Southern California, from Corona del Mar to Stanford Palo Alto. If this isn't the "AMERICAN DREAM".Stanford-bound TaeVeon Le’s family lives the American dreamTom FitzGerald July 29, 2018 Updated: July 31, 2018 7:59 a.m."NEWPORT BEACH, Orange County
— On April 29, 1975, a South Vietnamese Air Force helicopter pilot named Hung Le landed his chopper in a residential courtyard in Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. It was his last flight as part of Operation Frequent Wind, which evacuated thousands of people before the North Vietnamese Army captured the city.
The people were fleeing for their lives. Some desperately hung onto the landing gear as the Huey lifted off. Le had to shake them off, or the already overweight craft would have crashed, killing all the passengers, including his wife and baby daughter.
He flew the helicopter to the Blue Ridge, the command ship of the U.S. Navy task force waiting about 20 miles off the coast in the South China Sea. After the 29 passengers got off, the helicopter — built for 10 people — was pushed into the water to make room for others to land.
For the Le family, the journey was just beginning.
Forty two years later, on a football field in Southern California, Corona del Mar High School trailed Roosevelt-Eastvale 35-34 in the final minute of a 2017 playoff game. From the Roosevelt 26-yard line, quarterback Nathaniel Espinoza launched a prayer toward a 6-foot-4, 230-pound receiver on the left sideline.
The receiver felt the defender tugging on his right arm, but when the ball arrived, he reached out, grabbed it with his left hand and pulled it to his body. Somehow he got a foot inbounds as he dived past the pylon with 14 seconds left for the score. Corona del Mar won 42-35, thanks to what its head coach calls “one of the most phenomenal catches in the history of Orange County football.”TaeVeon Le of Corona del Mar High School makes a game-winning one-hand catch of a touchdown pass in the closing seconds of a 2017 playoff game against Roosevelt-Eastvale.
Photo: Conrad Boyse / Corona del Mar High Schoolc 2017
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Tae Le's grandfather and mother,
Hung Le and his infant daughter, An, on the Blue Ridge in 1975 after escaping Saigon.
Tae Le's uncle and mother,
Hong Thi Le and infant An Le are helped down a ladder by sailors aboard the Blue Ridge after being flown by helicopter from Saigon in 1975. Hung Le, An’s father and the pilot of the chopper, is at the bottom ...
I know CDM WR John Humphries is a strong Stanford recruit even with the USC offer, Can't think of any better scenario for Corona del Mar Football than to see there two reunited as Cardinals...