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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

Climate, currency may inspire a re-return to Vietnam


On this freezing New York winter day, with my nose turning fuchsia and my father bundled up like South Park’s Kenny just to do some yard work, we needed a photo like this to remind ourselves we were in sunny, warm Vietnam – standing on the top of the Black Virgin Mountain – just a few weeks ago.


Butch Sincock, a Vietnam veteran who runs MilSpec Tours, said more veterans have been returning to Vietnam in recent years because as they retire, they have more free time and money, and some of their physical and emotional wounds have healed, or at least formed scar tissue. Some are also motivated because their children are now adults who can share in their journey. All of the above apply to my father, but as he begins contemplating a re-return next year, he tells people the hot climate and the fact that everyone there takes U.S. dollars are also excellent reasons to visit Vietnam…

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2007 at 7:12 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: POW/MIA, Vietnam veterans, Vietnam veterans



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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