Returned Vietnam Diary Gives Son Glimpse of Father

LONG XUYEN, Vietnam - Vu Dinh Son was 18 months old when his father left home to fight American forces in Vietnam, and just 2 when the man was killed in a foxhole encounter with U.S. Marines. But the son now has fresh glimpses into the life of the father he never knew thanks to a wartime diary, returned to him courtesy of the United States. The... more

Vietnamese Soldier Booted after Torturing Monkey

A Vietnamese soldier has been thrown out of the army after posting graphic photographs on Facebook of the torture and killing of rare wild monkeys, state media said Wednesday. The online images show Nguyen Van Quang, 20, from central Quang Nam province, in military fatigues forcing the monkeys to smoke cigarettes. Other photographs show the mo... more

War Orphan's Search for Roots Begins with a Name

Sister Angela Nguyen with baby Tran Thi Ngoc Bich in 1971.

Standing in the battlefield, the young South Vietnamese soldier was getting ready to blow up a bridge before Viet Cong forces could cross when an old man staggered his way, carrying a bundle. The stranger handed him a conical straw hat. There was a baby inside. The man said he had found the little girl clutching a dead woman, still trying to n... more

Doc Returns NVA Vet's Arm

HANOI, Vietnam - An American doctor arrived in Vietnam carrying an unlikely piece of luggage: the bones of an arm he amputated in 1966. Dr. Sam Axelrad brought the skeletal keepsake home to Texas as a reminder that when a badly injured North Vietnamese soldier was brought to him, he did the right thing and fixed him up. The bones sat in a close... more

Women Who Broke Vietnam's Motherhood Mold

After the war ended in Vietnam, one group of women there, unwilling to accept solitary lives, decided to have children even if they couldn't marry: One by one, they asked men to help them conceive. They had no plan to break barriers or cause trouble. But 30 years ago in this bucolic village in northern Vietnam, the fierce determination of one g... more

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