Press Release

July 27, 2005

No. 05-012

Mokie Porter

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Alan Hoe to Deliver Keynote to Vietnam Veterans of America

(Washington, D.C.) – Descended from Hawaiian warrior chiefs, Allen Hoe went into the U.S. Army after graduating from high school. Forty years later, his son Nainoa, who had joined the same unit as his father, was killed on the battlefields of Iraq. Allen Hoe will deliver the keynote speech opening the 12th biennial National Convention of Vietnam Veterans of America, on Wednesday, August 10, at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno, Nevada. 

A prominent Honolulu attorney and former Hawaiian District Court judge, Hoe served as a medic with a recon platoon in the Americal Division’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry’s 196th Light Infantry Brigade. His awards include the Combat Medic Badge, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star. 

After coming home from Vietnam, he earned a BA from the University of Hawaii in 1972 and a Juris Doctorate from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 1976. In additional to his legal and professional responsibilities, Hoe serves on the VA Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans. 

“Allen Hoe and his son, Army Lt. Nainoa Hoe, are true American heroes,” said VVA President Thomas H. Corey. “Their service to our nation is an inspiration to us all. I am keenly anticipating Allen’s keynote speech, which I know will be extremely meaningful to the delegates and guests at the Convention.” 

An estimated seven hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and their guests in Reno. The delegates will set the organization’s course for the next two years, elect national officers and the Board of Directors, hear from an array speakers, and partake in special events.


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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