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Quang X. Pham, a Vietnamese American, was born in 1964, in Saigonmarker, South Vietnam. He is a healthcare entrepreneur, decorated Marine Corps veteran, author and community leader who has lived in Orange County, California since 1990. Pham is running for Congress in the 47th Congressional District to displace Loretta Sanchez. He has just received the prestigious Asian Heritage Award for Literature for his memoir, “A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey.” For more information, please visit

Early life

During the invasion of South Vietnam by the Communist North Vietnamese Army, Quang, his three sisters, and his mother left their ancestral homeland, while the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) were defending their country and its capital city of Saigonmarker. His father, Hoa Van Pham, a member of the South Vietnamese Air Force, remained in South Vietnam and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army while he was supporting the Republic of Vietnam, resulting in his twelve years in re-education/prison camps.

Quang and his family immigrated to the United Statesmarker and resided in Californiamarker.


Quang graduated from the University of California Los Angelesmarker (UCLA), and he went on to complete Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in 1986.

Military service

He was the first Vietnamese American to earn naval aviator's wings in the U.S. Marine Corps and flew CH-46 helicopter missions in the Persian Gulf War and Somaliamarker. He became an aide-de-camp to a two-star general and was a regionalist finalist for a White House Fellowship. He flew four years in the Reserves and in 1997 and was awarded the Marine Reserve Association's "Award for Professionalism."

Civilian life

He is a renowned author and wrote, A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey.

In 2000 he founded Lathian Systems, a pharmaceutical marketing company, raised $14 million from investors, and led the company as the chairman and CEO. He then joined QTC Management as a vice president and division general manager. In 2007, he became the CEO of Monarch Staffing, Inc. (OTCB: MSTF).

Quang is on the boards of directors of THINK Together, an after school provider in Santa Ana, the Marines' Memorial Association, Monarch Staffing Inc and the OC Marathon. He has served on the boards of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Orange County Forum, and Chapman University Business School Board of Advisers.


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