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A war story Bugs Bunny could love

November
6

Trying to win hearts and minds in a combat zone isn’t a new phenomenon created for the current Iraq War; my father’s Army platoon tried to do the same in Vietnam.

But their useful gift for the malnourished villagers – rabbits from a Catholic Church charity, hutched in old ammunition crates – had unexpected results.

Click here to see what happened.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 at 12:00 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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3 Responses to “A war story Bugs Bunny could love”

  1. Jim Murphy

    Not as good a story as neutered rabbits but: we had a Civic Action Patrol (CAP) officer come to 19th Adv Team compound(MAC-V) on the south edge of Quang Tri City and he was looking for volunteers to help villagers build and maintain small bridges over canals and swamps at a nearby village. It never occurred to us that the local villagers had been building and maintaining their footbridges for centuries. After we spent all day building a bridge….
    local ‘observers’ pointed out that our bridge went to a little hill in the middle of a swamp… a bridge to nowhere. They said that it was possible that, with patience, the little island might grow some day to honor our bridge.

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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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