About the Founder

Vũ Văn Lộc, the founder of the Việt Museum and the Immigrant Cultural Center (IRCC), graduated from the Military Academy Da Lat in Việt Nam. By the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975), Vũ Văn Lộc had risen to the position of Colonel in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). The fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975 marked the beginning of the resettlement period that brought more than one million Vietnamese refugees to the United States. A year later, in 1976, Vũ Văn Lộc came to the United States with his family.

Upon his arrival in California, Vũ Văn Lộc founded the Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center (IRCC) with the intention to provide educational and social services to the thousands of Vietnamese refugees who came to Northern California. In the four decades that followed, the IRCC assisted approximately 30,000 immigrant and refugee families across the world. The IRCC has established itself as a place for the Vietnamese community to gather their ideas, stories, historic artifacts, documents, and valuable works of art. Through the IRCC, Vũ Văn Lộc set about building a collection dedicated to centering the Vietnamese community in the United States.

In 1990, Vũ Văn Lộc began to seek support to create a museum dedicated to the experiences of the diasporic Vietnamese community. He rallied the Vietnamese American community throughout California, as well as contemporary politicians such as former US President Jimmy Carter, to support the project. The aim, specifically once the IRCC became involved in the mid-1990s, was to create a museum in San Jose dedicated to the history and culture of the Vietnamese people in the United States. Those efforts resulted in the opening of the Việt Museum in 2004.

Vũ Văn Lộc continues to dedicate himself to the Vietnamese community through the Việt Museum and the IRCC.

To learn more about Vũ Văn Lộc and his role in the Viet Museum, click here

Timeline of Vũ Văn Lộc's Experience

Military Career in Vietnam 1954-1972:

1954 - Graduated from Military Academy Da Lat

1954 - 2nd Lieutenant Platoon leader, 530th Battalion. Battle of Binh Xuyen

1956: Lieutenant Commander: Operation Tu Do. Battle of Hoa Hao

1959 - Captain: Liaison Officer West Zone Headquarters

1963 - Major: Chief of Staff of the 3rd Logistics Command

1966 - Lieutenant Colonel: Commander of Logistics school

1970 - Colonel: Chief of Planning Department Joint General Staff

1972 - Colonel: Director of Pathfinder Program coordinated with the Pentagon to implement Vietnamization War Plan

Career in the United States 1975 – Present

1975 - Engineering Tech, Department of Transportation. Springfield, Illinois

1977 - San Jose High School Counselor. San Jose, California

1978 - Chief of CETA (The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Program,

IRCC (Indochinese Resettlement & Cultural Center). San Jose, California

1980 - Executive Director, IRCC (Immigrant Resettlement & Cultural Center) San Jose, California

2000 - Founding Director of Museum of the Boat People and the Republic of Vietnam. San Jose, California


1953 - Nguyễn Khuyến High School, Yên Mô, Nam Dinh

1954 - Military Academy Da Lat

1962: CBR (Chemical, Biological, and Radiological) US Army Chemical Corps, Fort McClellan, AL, USA

1966: Army Logistics Management, Fort Lee, VA, USA

1972: Advanced Command and Strategic Planning Military Academy Da Lat, Vietnam.

Author of 5 books: Một Ông Sao Sáng, Cõi Tự Do, Chân Trời Dâu Bể, Đi Không Ai Tìm Xác Rơi, Lúc Đó Bác Ở Đâu?

Vũ Văn Lộc Circa 1954

Vũ Văn Lộc Circa 1959

Vũ Văn Lộc Circa 1963

Vũ Văn Lộc Circa in the Army 1964

Vũ Văn Lộc Circa 1966

To hear, see, and read more about Vũ Văn Lộc:

About the Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center (IRCC): http://www.irccmuseum.com/about-ircc-inc/

Nguyen, Tran. “San Jose Viet Museum recounts a journey to freedom,” San Jose Spotlight: https://sanjosespotlight.com/san-jose-viet-vietnamese-museum-recounts-a-journey-to-freedom/

Interview with Vũ Văn Lộc (Vietnamese):