JULY 5, 2015 - The American and Vietnamese war veterans, former enemies, sat together at wooden picnic tables eating hamburgers and chili while Creedence Clearwater Revival played in the background.
Do Hung Luan, a former Vietcong fighter who was imprisoned and tortured for nine years by America’s South Vietnamese allies, ate a burger and chicken wings with chopsticks.
Next to him was Nguyen Tien, whose wooden leg replaces the one he lost to American artillery during the war.
“I can feel the friendship,” a smiling Mr. Tien said, surrounded by American veterans who seemed three times his size. “We have closed the door on the past.”
The Fourth of July party, steps away from what American soldiers used to call China Beach, was organized by Larry Vetter, a Texan and retired Marine who moved here three years ago to live among some of the people he was once supposed to kill.
“Everybody is so friendly,” Mr. Vetter said. “It’s almost mind-boggling how much they accept Americans.” read more>>>