Returned Vietnam diary gives son glimpse of father
LONG XUYEN, Vietnam (AP) — Vu Dinh Son was 18 months old when his father left home to fight the American army in Vietnam, and just 2 when the man was killed in an encounter with U.S. Marines. But he now has fresh glimpses into the life of a man he never knew thanks to his wartime diary, returned to him by the United States.
The diary was brought to Vietnam in June by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was handed letters written by an American soldier that had been kept in Vietnam.
The diary was returned to Son at a ceremony Friday outside his house. Son said, "Whatever he wrote in his small diary will make us extremely happy. We are tremendously proud of him, and in our heart he is a tremendous hero."