I met a lady through a site and we wrote for a while. It was a most pleasent exchange. However she was a
little uneasy writing to a stranger. Also she did not know what to address me as since I was older than her
yet younger than her Father. She suggested Chu Henry and I asked her what I should address her as. This
reply came. Though I will miss her greatly I have such respect for her and this Vietnamese respect for family
that I had to add this letter to show more of the beauty of Vietnam.
I am so sorry it took me so long to answer your e-mail. You do not have to worry about what to address me as
anymore. My parents are overprotective, and do not want me to speak to any strangers on the internet.
I could defy them, but I choose not to. I may be legally an adult, but I will still respect the wishes of my parents.
I hope you understand. After so many years of interaction with the Vietnamese, surely you must know how highly we
value our family?
It has been an honor and a privilege to speak with you. You will always be in my prayers.
Part of a letter from a woman whos Mother was Vietnamese and Father was a US
Pilot. I told her that my time in Vietnam and my return effected me greatly
and that only in Vietnam did I fit in. She said her return effected her as well
and I asked her why. She wrote back, a long beautiful letter, which restored my
faith in humanity. We are kindred spirits.
"What happened in my heart was this deep appreciation for human life. I have
also travelled many times in India. I saw in an instant how much I had to be
grateful for; I was truly blessed in this life, and against the backdrop of my
Vietnamese family, and the country of Vietnam, I saw so clearly that I had
nothing ever to complain about. All I had left to do was to count my blessings.
I felt my heart break open, and I have been filled, even to this day and more so,
with such a deep sense of service to those, especially children and the socially,
and physically disadvantaged, who need help."
Part of a letter form a Vietnamese woman who moved to Australia.
I am a Vietnamese person living in Australia who stumbled across your website.
I left Vietnam when I was five as a refugee with my family and have lived in
Australia for nearly 25 years. My husband and I went for a holiday to Vietnam
last year. I just wanted to let you know that I loved your website and it bought
tears to my eyes. Australia is a wonderful place to live and in many respects I
am extremely fortunate. However Vietnam in my heart and soul will always be my
my first love, and your right it breaks my heart as well. Your website eases the
pain of leaving so many wonderful relatives in Vietnam, and I will be visiting
From my guest book.
First time in 35 years that I have made this step, a little one, but it is a
step. Thank you.
From my guest book.
I have long wished I could go back. Thanks for the look back, and forward.
I went over as a smart ass came back with a lot of respect for life. my moto is
peace love and happiness, life is to short for anything else, a lot of people
still don't understand, and the world has not learned a thing. sad.
I sell maps on Ebay and about Huong Hoa, which includes Khe Sanh, I wrote that
"this map has a feel like no other I sell". "There is a sadness when you think of
the suffering and sacrafice that happened there". The response came from someone who
read the Map Description.
Henry -- Yes it was a sad time -- but so long ago -- I am much better now.
From a Vet who saw "My Best Picture"
Your pictures of the little girl are.... they bring too many memories.
From my guestbook.
Phuoc Vinh, 1968 I am very pleased to find someone else feels the same as I do
about Viet Nam. She haunts me still, to this day. I have more cherished memories
of that one year then the whole of my life. I have often wondered about the
people that were left behind.
From a Vietnamese man, living in Canada.
Let's keep in touch, and hopefully one day we will meet in Vietnam in a
I wrote a story before my website and the site which took it cut off the
last paragraph. The story is now on the page "Just a few thoughts" called
"572 Trans Long Binh". When people read the story and wrote to me I asked
if they would like to see the censored paragraph. A woman who did wrote
this after reading the last paragraph.
"Thank you. Now I know why my brother-in-law came home from Vietnam and
drank himself to death."
Another Vet who read the last paragraph wrote.
YES, YES, yes