Return from Vietnam
As you read this, my father and I are on our way back to the United States. But our journey continues: I have several Vietnam-reported stories scheduled to run in The Journal News this week, and I will continue updating this blog daily for at least a few more weeks. (There’s quite a lot of material I haven’t touched on, including photos, videos and audio recordings from the various places we visited, by ourselves and with the group.)
As we left our hotel for our flight to Japan, four wedding receptions were taking turns posing for photographs in the lobby, and one band was singing “Why, Why, Why Delilah” so enthusiastically, it drowned out the usual noise of all the honking cars and motorcycles whizzing through Ho Chi Minh City.
Last time my father left Vietnam – also en route to the U.S. through Tokyo – he took this book of matches as a souvenir from Camp Alpha, the processing center in Saigon where soldiers coming into or leaving Vietnam spent a night prior to going to their assigned unit or back to the states.