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The Legacy of Agent Orange

By Paul Cox I did not look out the window of the Freedom Bird as it lifted off from the Da Nang airport in 1970. I had been there 18 months mostly as a grunt in the Corps. I never … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog: Thirteen

April 28, Saturday, Da Nang: Another light day, but also heavy. In the morning we drove to Mỹ Sơn ruins, one of the Cham people’s several religious and administrative centers built over many centuries throughout south and central Vietnam. The Cham … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Twelve.

April 27, Friday, Da Nang: Today was somewhat routine. First we met with Mr. Huynh Duc Tran, Chair of the Da Nang Union of Friendship Oranizations (DUFO) and Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen, Chief of International Cooperation Division of DUFO. … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Eleven.

April 26, Da Nang: Another full but very interesting day. First, we were met by well-known chemist Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Tam at the Da Nang airport hotspot where we learned much new about the best-studied hotspot. Briefly, during the war, … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Ten.

April 25, Wednesday: A Luoi. This valley was a major battleground throughout much of the American War. Battles named Ashua Valley, Hill 888, and perhaps others I forget were fought there. The valley angles from northwest to southeast and was … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Nine.

April 24, Tuesday: Off we went down Highway 9 through cobwebs of the mind looking for familiar landmarks, but everything thank god has changed. Even the best known and easiest-to-recognize pile of rocks, the Rockpile, doesn’t look the same. Back … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Seven.

April 22, Sunday: Our excellent tour guide, Truc, started off the day by leading the hardy on a walking tour of the Imperial City of Hue.  It seems really ancient, but was only started in 1802 when the when the … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Six.

April 21, Saturday: In the morning we met with the Thua Thien-Hue Vietnamese Association of Victims of Agent Orange. Their director is retired Doctor Nguyen Cuong, who I had met previously when I was in town in 2010.  He had … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Five.

April 20, Friday: We flew from Hanoi late morning and arrived at Chu Lai (former US base converted into the Hue airport) under a blazing hot sun, drove to our hotel inside the walls of Hue, and moved into a … Continue reading

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2012 VFP Tour BlogLog. Four.

April 19: Thursday:  On what will probably be our busiest day of the tour, we had SEVEN appointments:  Started with a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum in the National Center.  We went through a security and sign language lessons … Continue reading

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