Late Author Recounts Mission on Island of Phu Quoc in New Title


Within the pages of Dai Uy Hoch: A Legend in Remote Seas ($22.99, paperback,, 978-1-61579-394-5), the late Lt. Cmdr. Wesley A. Hoch, U.S.N., recounts his unique mission on the island of Phu Quoc, Viet Nam, where he was appointed by the U.S. Navy to advise the Vietnamese “junk force” in what seemed to be a hopeless situation. Known to the local Vietnamese as Dai Uy Hoch—a title for “chief” or “leader,” which was a sign of respect—the author was able to use his strong Christian faith to complete his assignment and become a national hero both at home and in Viet Nam. This detailed narrative will give readers an example of the result of one prayer—the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi—and the effect it had on one man in a deplorable and dangerous situation.

“With a strong Christian faith, you can fight a war in more ways than one,” the author’s brother, David Hoch, says. “I hope that this book will point out the tremendous effort all Vietnamese veterans dedicated to the war and show how your faith can give you tremendous strength.”

A Maine Maritime Academy graduate, Hoch found himself in charge of a fleet of Vietnamese junks manned by natives who adored him. Although he did not understand Vietnamese and they did not understand English, they quickly formed a bond of trust. Noting the extreme impoverishment of the people and their hopelessness of attitude, Hoch began a psychological war against the enemy by helping to attend the natives’ general welfare. This book reveals the incredible power of faith in his life, and will resonate with readers from all walks of life.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,300 titles published to date. Retailers may order Dai Uy Hoch through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Dai Uy Hoch is available online through,, and

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