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On Veterans Day, remember the Vietnam vets who didn’t make it home

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Happy Veterans Day. Thousands of Vietnam Veterans of America members, including dozens from Chapter 49 of Westchester County, are gathering at the wall memorial in Washington, D.C. for the 25th anniversary dedication today. Here in Vietnam, my father and I are heading to Cu Chi, where he was based with the 25th Infantry Division from March 1967 to March 1968, and the area where his friend and fellow Army Lt. Joe Lingle was killed a month after arriving in country.

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Check back for news about our experiences there.

In the meantime, click on the audio link below to hear a memorial poem read by Jim Murphy, a South Nyack, NY man who served in Vietnam with the Air Force in 1968. Murphy wrote this to honor Alexander Roczen, a friend also killed just a few weeks after arriving in country. It was recently published in Post Traumatic Press 2007.

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This entry was posted on Sunday, November 11th, 2007 at 12:15 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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3 Responses to “On Veterans Day, remember the Vietnam vets who didn’t make it home”

  1. Jim Murphy

    Nicole, thanks for letting me share this memory. Alex’s nickname was Kiki and he is always with me as are several other lost buddies. Timmy O’Brien reminds us that there are ‘things we carry’ that we should always cherish. Veterans Day is that day to honor them… give my best to your dad and keep him close… In Peace, Jim

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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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