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A veteran, his daughter, their journey

Archive for October, 2007

My Halloween “treat?” Malaria pills

October
31

My father said I could wear his old fatigues from Vietnam today. They actually fit, which I think says a lot about the Army rations back then…

Instead, I got into the Halloween spirit by unwrapping something that kind of looks like candy: Mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug. Prescribed by Briarcliff Manor’s own Dr. Gary Lehrman and picked up at Prescription Plus in the Chilmark shopping center. It’s a local story now!

Now, for the scary part – click below if you want to watch me take my first pill.

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Posted by Nicole Neroulias on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 9:38 am |
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Rockland veterans say goodbye, hello

October
31

Photographer Tom Nycz and I reported on the group of Rotarians, Vietnam veterans and family members leaving from Rockland County last night, bound for JFK airport and Hanoi.

Ed busBus boarding

As they said goodbye, they debated how best to say hello in Vietnamese. Click the audio link below to hear what they came up with:

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Posted by Nicole Neroulias on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 4:30 am |
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The olden ticket

October
30

This ticket took my father to Vietnam 40 years ago, as an Army officer.

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Next week, we’ll be using very different tickets to fly back to Vietnam, joining the group of veterans and Rotary Club members who start their trip tonight. For the next few days, I’ll be packing, dealing with medical preparations (malaria pills, etc.), and cramming in as much research as possible – on top of my regular work, of course!

Any suggestions?

Posted by Nicole Neroulias on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 5:53 am |
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About this blog
"Return to Vietnam" chronicles the journey of Col. Andonios Neroulias USA (Ret.) of Briarcliff Manor, NY, joined by his daughter, staff writer Nicole Neroulias, to the country he fought in 40 years ago. They are traveling with Vietnam veterans and Rotarians from Rockland County and other parts of the country. Check this blog for daily posts, photos, recordings and slideshows about their experiences.
About the authors
Nicole and Andonios Neroulias

Nicole Neroulias grew up in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has covered religion and city news in Cyprus, Connecticut and California, where she earned several fellowships and prizes, including a national Religion Newswriters Association award. She joined The Journal News in early 2007 and also teaches journalism at Columbia.

Col. Andonios Neroulias emigrated from Greece in 1956 and was commissioned an officer through the ROTC program of the City College of NY. From 1967-68, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry (Tropic Lightning) Division, whose main base was in Cu Chi, known for its intricate Viet Cong tunnels. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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