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May 21, 2010

Romeo And Tuyet

Romeo And Tuyet

During the Vietnam War, many U.S. servicemen found themselves involved with Vietnamese women. Jerry White signed up for the Army, and was eventually stationed in a village outside of Saigon. His first day there the platoon leader warned him about a beautiful girl named Tuyet who was collaborating with the Viet Cong. Sure enough when Jerry met Tuyet he was smitten, but cautious. One day the Viet Cong tried to assassinate Jerry with a bomb, but Tuyet was hit instead. She survived, and love blossomed between the supposed enemies. When Jerry was sent home a year later, he asked Tuyet to join him. Young and not ready to leave her family, she declined.

Over thirty years later Jerry decided to return to Vietnam, to try and reconnect with Tuyet. Miraculously, he found her in the same village where they met, and although many years had passed, they recognized each other immediately. Jerry and Tuyet talk to Dick Gordon about falling in love during wartime, and rekindling their three-decades-old romance.

  • Read Jerry's writings on his time in Vietnam and finding Tuyet
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