Howard Whidden's sixth-grade picture in 1956
A Marine during the Vietnam war, Division Avenue High School graduate Howard Whidden has returned, but this time on a nostalgic visit. He is traveling with Marc Kwiatkowski.
Whidden, a retired teacher who lives in
"We recently reconnected on Facebook and he shared with me that he remembered my slides from
"The most pleasant surprise has been the very warm reception we get whenever I speak the language, first a little laugh and a big smile when a 'nguoi My' is speaking their language, then a regular conversation! So far we've visited Ha Noi and DaNang (we're staying at the Furama Resort...look it up), visited Hoi An today and will be heading up to
"The Vietnamese people, just as I experienced my first time here, are wonderfully friendly. I will have a lot more to report after my return on April 2," Whidden concluded.
He has posted dozens of photos of his trip in Facebook and a few are presented here. You can look forward to his follow-up story next month.