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A veteran, his daughter, their journey

A (relatively) happy birthday during the Vietnam War

November
8

My father and I are on our way to Vietnam, where we will be meeting later this week with Ed Frank, of Congers, and his group of Rockland County veterans and Rotary Club members on a humanitarian tour of the country. (I wrote this blog post from the airport, setting it to upload while I’m flying. Ah, modern technology!)

Before his group left last week, Ed showed me photos from his 1968-69 Navy service in Vietnam. This one stuck out – it shows the sticky young sailor on board Tango boat 49 in the Mekong Delta, holding the chocolate cake Mom had lovingly shipped over for his 21st birthday.

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Click the audio link below to hear Ed’s version of the story.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2007 at 12:05 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 (relatively) happy birthday during the Vietnam War”

  1. Return to Vietnam » Blog Archive » Christmas at Cu Chi

    [...] A veteran, his daughter, their journey « A (relatively) happy birthday during the Vietnam War [...]

  2. Diana

    Moms… They’re just too cute! I’m sure that cake must have helped to make that day just a little bit sweeter, huh, Ed?

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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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