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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

Meeting the family of the ‘girl in the picture’


After visiting Cu Chi on Veterans Day, my father and I stopped for an unforgettable lunch in Trang Bang: at the roadside noodle shop owned by the family of Kim Phuc, the famous “girl in the picture” who was photographed fleeing, screaming, naked down the road after a napalm attack in 1972. The humble shop is next to the town’s colorful Cao Dai temple, but aside from that and the photos of Kim – then and now – on the wall, we never would have found it without our tour guide.

During our meal, we met Kim’s adorable 3-year-old great-nephew, Dang Khoi Ho. He was shy at first, but warmed up after my father gave him three of my chocolate chip granola bars. (I didn’t need them that day anyway – the soup was delicious!)


And here, with my father — quite a change from the photo this family is most famous for:


This entry was posted on Monday, November 19th, 2007 at 2:39 pm 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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