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An early letter home from the Vietnam War (Part 1)


“It’s a strange feeling and very hard to get accustomed to the idea that there’s a war going on, but I have convinced myself to keep my eyes open and my gun ready.”

Those are the closing lines of one of my father’s first letters home during his service in Vietnam, written April 1, 1967 on the back of this large military map of the country.


Click below to hear him read the letter. I will post a video version tomorrow.


This entry was posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2007 at 7:57 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Vietnam veterans, Vietnam veterans



2 Responses to “An early letter home from the Vietnam War (Part 1)”

  1. Panos Messis

    Wow what a story! It is hard to imagine how anyone could survive a real war and also return back home, going on with their lives unattached by what had happened. I think the above letter shows us that in a war situation you are constnantly faced with the idea of getting killed therefore you must always be ready to fight back in order to survive.

    Nicole Neroulias describes us with the above letter the fears and the daily turmoil that was going on inside a soldier’s mind during the Vietnam War.

    Great article!

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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.
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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