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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

Return from Vietnam

November
17

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.

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This entry was posted on Saturday, November 17th, 2007 at 5:30 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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2 Responses to “Return from Vietnam”

  1. Denise Bowler

    Hi Nicole,
    I am finially getting a chance to sit and write to you. I meant to throughout this whole series and of corse, not that you are practically home I am just now getting the chance. Oh well, better late than never. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I have been following this since day one and I enjoyed your articles immensley. My father ( John Mastandrea ) went with his brothers at the Local 333 chapter for his first return to Vietnam back in 2005. He was ready to go back…35 years to the day after leaving. He started his “recovery” about 8 years ago or so and goiing back to Vietnam was the icing on the cake. As I am sure you feel the same, words cannot describe how proud I am of my Dad. For his strength then, and strength now to go back and relive and rehas….and to recover. To be able to witness his change before my own eyes has been amazing all in itself. I am sure returning with your dad has been that and then some. Anyway, good luck, I look forward to “reading on” about your journey together.
    Kindest regards,
    Denise M Bowler

  2. Denise Bowler

    Hi Nicole,
    I am finially getting a chance to sit and write to you. I meant to throughout this whole series and of corse, now that you are practically home I am just now getting the chance. Oh well, better late than never. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I have been following this since day one and I enjoyed your articles immensley. My father ( John Mastandrea ) went with his brothers at the Local 333 chapter for his first return to Vietnam back in 2005. He was ready to go back…35 years to the day after leaving. He started his “recovery” about 8 years ago or so and goiing back to Vietnam was the icing on the cake. As I am sure you feel the same, words cannot describe how proud I am of my Dad. For his strength then, and strength now to go back and relive and rehash….and to recover. To be able to witness his change before my own eyes has been amazing all in itself. I am sure returning with your dad has been that and then some. Anyway, good luck, I look forward to “reading on” about your journey together.
    Kindest regards,
    Denise M Bowler

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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.
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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