Return to Vietnam

'Thrilling pilgrimage' comes to an end

Posted May 5

(Left to right) Clarence Williams, Paul Pope and Leonard Peebles in Vietnam. (Photo courtesy of Clarence Williams)

Perhaps it's just me, but as fantastic an adventure as our trip back to Vietnam was, it 's always great to be back in the States!

It was a thrilling pilgrimage where we finally were able to leave some old memories and create some new ones. I think we learned more about ourselves this time because we are more mature.

It's at this point in life that you become accepting of what it's really about. It was a rare chance to examine one's past to determine how far you have came. We all gained a new respect for our former enemies and we have forgiven each other, it seems.

How very grateful I am that I got the opportunity to share this with my friends, my co-workers, my fellow vets. We were in Vietnam at different times, in different branches, with different duties, but a common appreciation of the horrors of war.

5 Comments

This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
View all
  • Bass Pro 3 May 5, 11:10 a.m.

    Thank you for your service and a heartfelt "Welcome Home" as you return from Vietnam THIS time which should be much different than your return 44 years ago.

  • trogers386 May 5, 11:02 a.m.

    Thank you for your service!

  • Return of... May 5, 10:47 a.m.

    I'd like to go back to the places I was deployed to in Bosnia someday.

  • RaleighPirate May 5, 10:46 a.m.

    I was an infant and young child during the Vietnam War but am a history buff and have read a great deal on this period of time. I still don’t think we honor those who served during that time period in the way we should. I am truly grateful for the service and sacrifice of yourself and others during that time. I am glad you and your friends were able to make this pilgrimage. Thank you again!

  • 68_dodge_polara May 5, 9:38 a.m.

    Welcome back and thank you!

About this Blog:

WRAL producer/director Clarence Williams is going back to Vietnam, where he served in the war 44 years ago. He'll blog about his experience during his 13-day trip and share stories and pictures along the way.