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A salute to the skipper of the USS Lassen

Hung Ba Lee, a native of Hue, Vietnam, who left that country as a five-year-old refugee and was picked up at sea by a U.S. Navy ship, will return to it later this month as the commander of the USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer. Congratulations, and thanks, to Hung Ba Le and his family. ...

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PACIFIC OCEAN - DECEMBER 26, 2003: In this file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is underway December 26, 2003 in the Pacific Ocean. According to reports on June 19, 2009 the USS John S. McCain is tracking the North Korean ship, Kang Nam off the coast of China. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Todd Frantom/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Hung Ba Lee, a native of Hue, Vietnam, who left that country as a five-year-old refugee and was picked up at sea by a U.S. Navy ship, will return to it later this month as the commander of the USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer.

Congratulations, and thanks, to Hung Ba Le and his family. What more can I say but:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Hung Ba Lee, a native of Hue, Vietnam, who left that country as a five-year-old refugee and was picked up at sea by a U.S. Navy ship, will return to it later this month as the commander of the USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer.

Congratulations, and thanks, to Hung Ba Le and his family. What more can I say but:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Take that, Lou Dobbs. 

Photo: U.S. Navy/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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