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Gifts from a once-captive doctor

The Reporter's Notebook


Sometimes new friends can result in strange gifts.

I was in Vietnam just after the Tet offensive in 1968, partially to pry about the war and to visit parents of students I had met at the University of Washington.

I had visited one set of parents two days earlier, only to have them come to the hotel I was staying in to ask me to come to their house that evening. They said they had someone they wanted me to meet.

I went to their house and met a medical doctor who had been held captive by the Viet Cong for four years. He was finally able to escape his captors and return to Saigon and his medic...

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