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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

More interest in veterans returning to Vietnam for the first time


The first time I remember talking with my father about a return to Vietnam was in 1997, 30 years after he went there as an Army officer with the 25th Infantry Division. We both love to travel internationally, but school, work, weddings, and other family plans kept postponing our father-daughter trip. A decade later, we finally got to Cu Chi, and our personal pilgrimage – along with the stories of other local veterans who decided to make the journey – provided the basis dgriffin.jpgfor my multimedia reporting project for The Journal News.

Many other veterans have also spent years thinking about returning to Vietnam, but haven’t done so yet for personal or professional reasons. They include two men I interviewed last month: Dan Griffin of White Plains (left), and Jim Murphy of South Nyack (right, below). I’m still interested in telling their storiesjmurphy.jpg, and I’m not alone: at a Newswomen’s Club of New York event recently, I met Sheridan Prasso, a reporter for Fortune magazine who has worked in Southeast Asia. She’s a fan of this blog, and also wants to talk to Vietnam veterans thinking about going back to Vietnam for the first time.

In the spirit of journalistic cooperation – not to mention creating good karma! – I’m launching her request into the blogosphere. Click here to visit her Web site, including some of her business stories about Vietnam. If you want to get in touch with her, e-mail sheri@sheridanprasso.com.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 at 6:00 am by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Vietnam veterans, Vietnam veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America



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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