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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

Back to school (building) in Vietnam

November
13

Rotary Club chapters in Rockland County and other parts of the country have pledged thousands of dollars to help build schools in poor, rural areas of Vietnam. On Sunday, the members of the group my father and I are traveling with went to Dalat to check out a Catholic school that is nearing completion.

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The Rotary Club of Spring Valley has given more than $20,000 to the Dominican Sisters to build this school. Rotarians Howard Goldin (center, in navy blue shirt) and Ed Frank (on his right, hands together), who are also members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 333, started the process during their trip here in 2006.

Today, Howard and Ed are taking us to another possible school site in the Long Xuyen area. Stay tuned for more news about that.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 12:04 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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About this blog
"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.
About the authors
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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