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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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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 9:38 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Vietnam veterans, Vietnam veterans

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5 Responses to “My Halloween “treat?” Malaria pills”

  1. Diana

    If the pill was purple, green, red or even yellow, it could have passed as a Spree candy! Mmmm!

  2. Lana Noone

    Best wishes ton you and your dad on this momentous trip to Vietnam!
    Lana Noone.
    http://www.Vietnambabylift.or

  3. Lana Noone

    Best wishes to you and your dad on this momentous trip to Vietnam!
    Lana Noone.
    http://www.Vietnambabylift.org

  4. Erin L

    What a meaningful project! It must signify a great deal to your father, now returning in peacetime and those veterans able to give back to the children in Vietnam. This is the kind of news we need to see more of!

    Looking forward to hearing more from the road, malaria pills and all…”no pain no gain”:)

  5. Karen

    http://murphysvietnam.blogspot.com/

    Hi Nicole, kz here, here’s the address to a blog published by a friend of mine who undertook a very similar journey to Vietnam with her veteran father. Safe travels!

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"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.
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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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