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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

The things they’ve carried

November
14

During the Vietnam War, an Army grunt typically carried about 60 pounds of supplies on his back. The Vietnam veterans on our trip remember every item well, ranging from the all-important Zippo lighters to the letters from home. Click on the audio link to hear Army veteran Howard Goldin, of Monsey, NY, describe what he humped around 40 years ago.

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On this trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, the 14 Vietnam War veterans and the other travelers have also carried about 60 pounds of equipment, but the kind of things they’re much happier to haul around. Click on the video link below to see Howard show a small sample of what the group has been dropping off at orphanages, schools and poor villages.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 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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2 Responses to “The things they’ve carried”

  1. Return to Vietnam » Blog Archive » ‘Crazy’ Vietnam veterans indeed…

    [...] out the window yesterday, as we watched Rockland County veterans Jeffrey Keahon of Pearl River and Howard Goldin of Monsey spontaneously shell out almost $18,000 to help get the Rose School finished for about 450 young [...]

  2. Return to Vietnam » Blog Archive » Back to the future on Black Virgin Mountain

    [...] our trip to Vietnam last month, our group visited Nui Ba Den, the Black Virgin Mountain. My father, Howard Goldin and other veterans on our trip who had been stationed in the Cu Chi – Tay Ninh area remembered [...]

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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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