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[Notes:NATS UP (Vietnamese) Ho Van Minh, Viet Cong veteran of the Vietnam war]

FOR THIS 77-YEAR-OLD FORMER VIET CONG... THE EFFECTS OF THE VIETNAM WAR ARE PERMANENT.

HO VAN MINH LOST HIS RIGHT LEG TO A LAND MINE ...ADVANCING ON SAIGON.

HE SAYS THE US WITHDRAWAL GAVE THE VIET CONG NEW STRENGTH.. HASTENING THE END OF THE WAR.

[Notes:NATS UP (Vietnamese) Ho Van Minh, Viet Cong veteran of the Vietnam war]

40 YEARS ON... HO VAN MINH JOINS OTHER VETERANS AT THE VIETNAM MILITARY MUSEUM

HE SAYS HE BEARS NO ILL WILL TO THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT AGAINST HIM ...

AMERICANS LIKE DENIS GRAY ...

[Notes:SOUNDBITE (English) Denis Gray, journalist and former Vietnam war veteran: "I came to Vietnam in the military, and willing to believe that I was in a possibly, maybe not a just war, but a war that might have to be fought. But I was there for a year, and towards the end of it, myself and most of my fellow officers, and the men we were commanding, didn't quite believe that. And this was specially reinforced by the fact that we were pulling out and we hadn't really finished the job."]

GRAY WAS SAIGON FROM 1970 TO 1971 FOR A US MILITARY INTELLIGENCE UNIT..

HE LATER RETURNED AS A REPORTER ...

ONE OF HIS FIRST ASSIGNMENTS DURING HIS 40-YEAR CAREER WITH ASSOCIATED PRESS.

NICOLE GRETHER -- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

 

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