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A Vietnamese adoptee looks for answers at the Go Vap Orphanage

November
12

We’ve met up with the Rockland County Rotarians and veterans, and are heading down the Mekong Delta today to visit more orphanages and places where some group members spent the Vietnam War.

One woman we met last week, Kim Browne, is staying in Ho Chi Minh City to keep working at the Go Vap Orphanage. Browne was one of the last babies airlifted out as Saigon fell in 1975. Now 32, she has traveled from her home in London back to Go Vap – her own former orphanage – to teach English and work with the disabled children while trying to find information about her birth mother.

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You can view Kim’s story by clicking on this YouTube link.

Stay tuned for more news from our journey with the Rockland group.

This entry was posted on Monday, November 12th, 2007 at 7:00 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Vietnam veterans, Vietnam veterans

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3 Responses to “A Vietnamese adoptee looks for answers at the Go Vap Orphanage”

  1. Katie

    Very moving video on the orphans. Kudos to Kim and great work Nicole!

  2. Erin L

    Nicole,

    It is wonderful to follow you and your father on his journey back to Vietnam. It’s especially meaningful how you highlight personal stories like Kim’s and Jim Murphy’s and other veterans. It’s great that you’re able to link to video and audio, too. It helps us better appreciate their efforts, searches, and sacrifice.

    Thank you for writing about it!

  3. Return to Vietnam » Blog Archive » Thanks from the Go Vap Orphanage

    [...] stayed in touch with Kim Browne, the British woman who was one of the last babies airlifted out of Saigon before it fell in 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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