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Hung Cao came to the US in 1975 after escaping Vietnam days before the fall of Saigon. He and his family moved to West Africa, where he spent most of his youth, before he returned to the States at the age of twelve to pursue an American education, later earning acceptance to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He went on to graduate from the Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. He received his master’s degree in Applied Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and fellowships at MIT and Harvard. A Bronze Star recipient, Deep Sea Diver, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, Hung conducted high-profile salvage operations including the recovery of John F. Kennedy Jr., the Civil War Ironclad USS Monitor, and servicemembers killed during military operations. Hung retired after twenty-five years of service to his beloved adopted country and is currently a Vice President at a Fortune 500 company. Hung became the GOP nominee for Virginia’s tenth congressional district in May 2022 after sweeping a crowded eleven-way primary. He is the proud father of five children and has been married to his wife, April, for over twenty-five years.

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Call Me An American

In Call Me an American, Captain Hung Cao’s triumphant journey of sacrifice and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds speaks to the enduring power and promise of the American dream.

Deeply relatable and unapologetically honest, Captain Hung Cao shares hard-fought lessons as a war refugee, combat veteran, and political candidate to remind readers that the fight to preserve our Republic begins with the same uniquely American values that are under attack today. From failure to humility, from faith to victory, Call Me an American is an anthem to the imperfectly exceptional country that provided him refuge from the destruction of communism.

From his childhood growing up in sub-Saharan Africa to his years fighting to preserve life as a Naval Officer in Special Operations, Captain Cao refutes the insidious narrative that the American dream is no longer accessible or achievable. Instead, he uses his gift of storytelling to expose the lies threatening meritocracy, equality, and individual liberty.

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