When Dustin was still in Vietnam in April of '75, the communists struck and Dustin and his family were forced to flee to the beaches of Vung Tau. There thousands of families were bombarded by gunshots. Dustin was not with his family during the shooting, but he was with his best friend. They were both running towards the water and the American ships when Dustin turned and saw that his best friend had been shot and killed by a communist soldier. Dustin continued into the water until he got to a ship and later was relieved to be able to meet with the rest of his family members.