In total this journey will take five flights and fifty-five hours, but in reality it began four decades and two generations ago when my uncle died in Vietnam.
Vietnam was a country where America was trying to make people stop being communists by dropping things on them from airplanes.
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Hell had been his Vietnam. It had stamped its mark on him for all eternity, and no amount of denial or self-imposed ignorance was going to change it. Ever.
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Vous travaillez pour l'armee, madame?' (You are working for the army?), a Frenchwoman said to me early in the Vietnam war, on hearing I had three sons.
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Vietnam was a noble cause imperfectly pursued
I'd rather go to Vietnam than get married.
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