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Meeting an ‘American War’ hero: V.C. Jane?

November
16

We had lunch in Tay Ninh today, a town about three hours northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Several of the Vietnam veterans in our group, including my father, had served in combat operations in the Cu Chi – Tay Ninh area 40 years ago, so they shared some of their memories with us and marveled at how much the rural villages have grown since then.

It turns out that the restaurant owner, a woman named Tuyet Ngoi, was a highly decorated Viet Cong guerrilla. She came out and showed us her medals and traditional checkered V.C. scarf (it can also be used as a bandage), and through an interpreter, proudly explained that she had been a soldier from 1970 to 1979, first fighting the Americans and South Vietnamese, then the Cambodians.

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Some of the veterans hugged her or shook her hand before we drove off to our tour of the nearby Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain).

This entry was posted on Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 7:40 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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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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