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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

Getting the kids to the school, or the school to the kids


My story about our group of Rotarians and Vietnam veterans building schools in remote parts of Vietnam and giving rural kids bicycles to get their current schools ran in today’s Journal News – click here to read it.

On Veterans Day, while my father and I visited Cu Chi, the rest of our group attended a dedication ceremony for the Rose School, a three-story building under construction outside of Dalat. When finished, the school will accommodate more than 400 ethnic Montagnard children, ages 18 months to 6 years, under the tutelage of the Dominican Sisters. Spring Valley Rotary Club’s Schools to End Poverty (S.T.E.P.) program has raised $24,000 for the project from Rockland and Orange county Rotary Clubs and schools, and will be giving more to help get the building finished early next year.


The photo above shows Howard Goldin (left) and Ed Frank (right), both Spring Valley Rotarians and members of the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 333. Click on the video link below to watch a photo slideshow of the dedication ceremony, including the presentation of the gifts of vitamins, soccer balls, toothpaste, toys and school supplies presented by the Rotarians and Vietnam veterans to the schoolchildren and their families.


This entry was posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2007 at 11:22 am 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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