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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

A girl worth fighting for?

November
3

From Betty Grable to Jessica Simpson, pin-up girls have been putting smiles on soldiers’ faces since before World War II.

During the Vietnam War, while other guys drooled over images of Ann-Margret and Raquel Welch, my good Greek father fixed his gaze on Corinna Tsopei, Miss Universe 1964. (Measurements: 36-22-36.)

Tsopei appeared a handful of movies after winning her big crown, and this promotional photo in The Army Reporter caught my father’s eye.

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According to Wikipedia and IMDb, she’s now 63 and married to Freddie Fields, an agent and producer. My father has gotten over it – so he says. (He saved the pin-ups…) Click below to hear the full story.

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This entry was posted on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 at 1:01 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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2 Responses to “A girl worth fighting for?”

  1. Panos Messis

    What a great way to portray the emotional and physical needs which the soldiers had during the Vietnam war!

    Great Job Nicole in presenting it with your father talking about it!

    Panos Messis

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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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