and Daughters In Touch
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|Click here to read letter 2 from Karen Zacharias Mar 16|
|Click here to read the letter from Karen Zacharias Mar 17|
|Click here to read the letter from Cindy Rheinheimer Mar 18|
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Tony Cordero Mar 19
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19 March 2003
To all of our supporters, the weary SDIT delegation has returned safely from Vietnam!
As posted before, much of our journey mirrored the Vietnam experience of our fathers. The reception we received upon arrival at LAX should have been a copy of what took place in the 60's and 70's.
A friendly face, a cold soda, a warm burger and an honest "Welcome Home" is what we received, and what the veterans deserved when they returned from Vietnam.
For 16 days, we worried about the looming separation anxiety that would occur when we headed in different directions at the end of our journey. The "Welcome Home" reception was just the right tonic to help ease that worry.
A very large "thank you" is owed to each person who made this happen.
It's great to be home.
See pictures of the Welcome Home Party on the SDIT web site.
Feb 2003 14:31
From Karen Spears Zacharias, the daughter of David Paul Spears, KIA, July 24, 1966.
Mama's more nervous than a polecat on a stormy night. She said her goodbyes to me today. It's been 38 years since she hugged a loved one and sent them off into the wild green jungles of Southeast Asia. She didn't say so, but I know she wishes I weren't going on this trip.
"There's war breaking out all over the world," she said.
That's Mama's way of saying: "I'm scared I won't see you alive again." (Continued on separate page)
here to read the rest of this letter and more letters from Karen.
Mar 2003 16:40
From Cindy Rheinheimer, daughter of CPL Richard L Sanders, KIA Nov 24, 1967
Hi there...sorry I haven't written sooner. There are 6 computers in the hotel and they are VERY slow! We have also been going non stop since we arrived. The first day we toured Saigon...the traffic is insane, but fluid. The next day we went to the Delta on a boat and ate a whole fried elephant ear fish for lunch...oh, and we had "wine"...more like moonshine--cherry, rice (like sake) and snake( they soak a snake in alcohol...it is the Viagra of Vietnam...yeah, that's what we all need when we're away from home for so long!!) After dinner we went to the top of the Caravelle Hotel for drinks...there was a pretty good band playing American music. (Continued on separate page)
here to read the rest of this letter and more letters from Cindy
Mar 2003 07:15
From Cammie Geoghegan Olson, daughter of 2LT John L Geoghegan,
KIA Nov 15, 1965 at LZ-XRay. He was portrayed in "We Were Soldiers"
Hello my family ...
I tell you, this trip has been one amazing experience after another! I still cannot get over all I am seeing and doing. Today we went to the Mekong Delta ... rode in a boat across the river, saw lots of floating markets, went into a village along the river to watch them make rice popcorn (extremely primitive experience), wound through very narrow parts of the Delta (Jim, a Vet was explaining how this was prime ambush territory during the war). (Continued on separate page)
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5 March 2003 09:26:28
I can't believe I am here in Vietnam. All day I've had that feeling. It's hard to express just how incredible it feels to be here after so many years since the war, since the death of my father.
The theme of our trip is "Honor, Peace, and Understanding." We've come to honor our fathers, to appreciate the peace, and to understand the people and what happened. There are so many stories each of us has, stories of loss and sadness. Yet we tell them matter of factly and there is great healing in listening and in telling. (Continued on separate page)
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