The Village of Friendship

‘The United States government has pledged $43 million between 2012 and 2016 to clean up the mess caused by the spraying of over 60 million litres of Agent Orange, between 1962 and 1971 as part of Operation Ranch-hand. Some would say; too little, too late. In 1988 one veteran began his own journey of recompense and initiated what is now known in Vietnam as The Friendship Village.’ For many of us Gen X’ers reared on a diet of television and Hollywood, our enduring vision of the war in Vietnam is one of low flying choppers rising into the horizon, leaving a trail of fiery destruction, to a Doors or Wagner soundtrack. ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning…’ proclaimed Lt Colonel Kilgore in 1979s Apocalypse Now. ‘Smells like…victory’. […]

by · March 26, 2014 · World