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News from the Rockland Rotarians, veterans (Nov. 5)

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Ed Frank, Rockland VVA president and co-organizer of the humanitarian tour of Vietnam that my father and I are joining tomorrow night, sent me more news about the group’s activities today. (Scroll down to read his Nov. 2, 3 and 4 dispatches, posted earlier this week.)

While traveling south from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, the group visited the Demilitarized Zone a few days ago. Here’s a photo of Ed (right) with another group member last year.

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Click here to read Ed’s news from last Monday and check back for current photos and more updates from this group of Rotarians, veterans and family members.

Monday, Nov. 5: We left the hotel and headed north on Hwy #1 in the direction of Quang Tri. Along ther way, we stopped at the remains of a Catholic Chuch destroyed during the Easter offensive of 1975 as the NVA move southward on the last military operation of the war. The church bears mute testimony to the destruction that resulted from the war. The walls that remain are littered with hole sfrom small arms weapons that were used.

After a brief stop at the church, we continue past the white sands of Quang Tri which are on either side of the Highway, which provided the main access route for the thousands of refugees that fled the area during this part of the war. We passed the Quang Tri Airfield that was used by two in our traveling party when they flew helicopters. On 9-15-70, Robert Montarro was piloting his helicopter and was shot down and lost two crew members Leo Meadows, and David Green. Robert himself was severly injured but was rescued by Fred Blanchard. At an open field just northwest of the “Rockpile,” Robert saw the exact site where he was rescued . It was truly an amazing exchange that took place between the Robert and Fred as they revisited that site so many years later.

This entry was posted on Saturday, November 10th, 2007 at 5:25 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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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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