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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

The olden ticket


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


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?

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 5:53 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Vietnam veterans, Vietnam veterans



4 Responses to “The olden ticket”

  1. Nancy Agris Savage

    Your father must be so proud, as are we of the fantastic job you are doing. I would love to have you and your dad come and speak to Alpha Omega sometime after you are back from your trip. I cannot think of a better role model for our scholarship recipients. Kalo taxidi and I will be reading daily. Nancy

  2. Iftekhar A. Hai

    Your father is an amazing man and so are you. In Jewish wisdom what both of you are doing is called, “tikkun olam” that means repairing the world.

    But you should also bring out the fact that it was the mind-set of people from Capitalism and Communism that has lead to the destruction of Vietnam.

    This kind of mind-set has also destroyed Korea. it is divided into antagonistic camps now, North Korea and South Korea. Again, the war-mongers from Communism and Capitalism are the ones who have created this havoc.

    How do we change this mind-set globally so as to bring peaceful solution is a challenge.

    The global war on terror – which is really a war against Muslims and Islam is also a by-product of Western values versus Islamic values.

    How do we win hearts and minds of Koreans, Vietnamese and Islamic world is not through power – it will be through global human rights agenda.

  3. Anthony

    Really nice blogs, wish you had more pictures of the places and things that you have done and seen. Hopefully being in Vietnam will give peace to those Vietnam Vet. who fought bravely for this country.

  4. Ly

    Vietnam (viet Cong’s) need to give our Khmer Krom people land back!

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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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