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Veterans Day from the other side: ‘American War’ memorials in Vietnam

November
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We spent an hour today trying to get to the former 25th Infantry Division base in Cu Chi, which our guidebook incorrectly stated we could visit. It turns out it’s all part of a Vietnamese military base now, completely closed to the public. My father took some of the red, rocky dirt home as a memento, at least.

After a tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, we discovered two memorials nearby: a large cemetery and a temple whose walls list the names of more than 44,000 Vietnamese people from the Cu Chi area killed in the “American War.”

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Here are my father’s thoughts on the unexpected Veterans Day experience:

“Every Vietnam War veteran is very familiar with the wall in Washington, D.C. I was very moved to see that the other side had places like Arlington Cemetery and the Vietnam War memorial. I have experienced the loss of friends, and I’m sure there are comparable feelings on the other side from people who lost loved ones.”cemetery.jpg

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 11th, 2007 at 11:00 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 “Veterans Day from the other side: ‘American War’ memorials in Vietnam”

  1. Lana Noone

    Please visit my website at:
    http://www.Vietnambabylift.org
    for photos of Bernie Duff’s Vietnam “Operation Babylift” paintings and for information about the Vietnam “Operation Babylift” of April, 1975.

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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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