Michele visited to retrace her father’s wartime journey – he was stationed in Da Nang for 3 years during the Vietnam War. Prior to her visit, she gave us lots of information about his stay here, locations and sites which he remembered. With my research team, we located all the sites and places of interest and spent a long and emotional day in and around Da Nang with Michele.
At the end of her day with us, and without prompting, Michele said a few words ‘to camera’ which are transcribed here:
“I tell you, I’ve been all over the world and it isn’t often that you go somewhere and it doesn’t become an experience but becomes a part of your soul, and that’s what Vietnam did because…………
“I walked in my father’s footsteps”.
My dad served here in the war and my uncle died here, I came here just to stand where my father stood and I hugged a daughter of a VC soldier at the very spot our father’s fought and it was one of the most profound moments of my life, and you know, to go to a place of extreme beauty and to know the war and the bloodshed – we can’t imagine and wouldn’t want too
Surrounded by beautiful statues and beautiful people, everyone was so welcoming and love the Americans! I was expecting everyone to be nice but I wasn’t expecting to be embraced, I love Vietnam and its people.
Xuan Tu, I thank you so much”.
Full her video review you can watch here:
Michele Mahone is a US stand-up comic, was an American TV entertainer on the ‘Today Show’ and is still well known in Australia as an entertainment reporter for ‘The Weekend Today Show’. To us, she was a but a wonderful and respected guest and now a lovely friend.