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Return to Vietnam

A veteran, his daughter, their journey

A Vietnam veteran/Rotarian Christmas carol


JoAnn Quattrone, the Orange County dentist who filled several suitcases with life-saving medical donations for Vietnam last month, was one of the honored guests at the Spring Valley Rotary Club’s holiday party last week. Rotarian Ed Frank of Congers, who is also president of Rockland County’s Vietnam Veterans of America, presented her with an award in recognition for her contributions to the humanitarian trip our group took last month. Click on the audio link below the picture to hear Rotarian/veteran Howard Goldin during the presentation.



Well, it turns out that Quattrone isn’t only a dentist and a humanitarian: she’s also a songwriter! Click on the video link below to watch Howard Goldin, my father and the other reunited members of our group take a stab at the anthem she wrote about the trip. Better yet, read the words first by clicking on the “Read More” tab at the bottom of this post – you’ll need them!


JoAnn Quattrone’s Carol

Rotary in Vietnam

We came here to bring some calm!

We came with our veteran friends

They came here to make amends!

Vitamins, wheelchairs, bikes and brain shunts too

We had a really big job to do!

Orphanages and schools galore

It definitely was not a bore!

Planes, boats and buses for you

Red River, Brown River, Mekong Delta too!

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

We realized we are all just kin!

Marble Mountain in the raw

You can buy it in any store!

No time for processed food

We were all in a really good mood!

War museums and prisons are no fun

We can see that we are all one!

Peace and Love is what we bring

That is what makes our true hearts sing!

Filling all our hearts with Love

It was all possible with the one above!

Plantations of coffee, pepper and rubber

Vietnamese people have no flubber!

Temples and Pagodas are for real

You can see how they make you feel!

Silk, pearls, chopsticks and maps

On the last day we went to Go Vap!

We all made a really good team

Now it all feels like a DREAM!

HOA BINH! (Peace)

This entry was posted on Saturday, December 15th, 2007 at 8:30 pm by Nicole Neroulias. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Rotary Club, 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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