Vietnam Vets head back to Nam

Julia LeDoux
March 01, 2019 - 3:21 pm

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A group of Wisconsin veterans who served in Vietnam is winding up their first week back in a country most thought they’d never see again. 

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Their two-week Return to Nam is being documented by a news crew from WBAY-TV in Green Bay.

The 53 veterans touched down in Vietnam Monday following their 14-hour flight from Chicago, Illinois. Their first stop in Vietnam on Tuesday was Ho Chi Minh City.  

Known as Saigon when the veterans were there more than 50 years ago, the city today is Vietnam’s most populous. While in Ho Chi Minh, the veterans toured the former Presidential Palace, its historic post office and Notre Dame Cathedral, the first Roman Catholic Church in the country.

On Wednesday, the group was in Tay Ninh, where they saw a 120-mile tunnel system the Vietcong used to hide from and ambush American forces during the war.

Outfitted with booby traps, the Viet Cong used the tunnels as their headquarters during the 1968 Tet Offensive, which is considered to be the turning point of the Vietnam War. The Tet Offensive was a series of surprise attacks launched by the Viet Cong on locations throughout South Vietnam from Jan. 30 to Sept. 23, 1968.

The veterans were in the Mekong Delta on Thursday. Boats transported them down the Mekong River, giving them a look at Vietnam’s agricultural heartland.

WATCH: Veterans Visit Mekong Delta

Old Glory Honor Flight in Appleton, Wisconsin picked up the tab for the trip, holding a series of fundraisers to cover its $250,000 cost.

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