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All Nancy Bird wanted was for her boyfriend to come home, safe and sound.

From May 1967 to May 1969 she waited. A student at Mattituck High School, Ms. Bird raced to the post office on Love Lane every day after school, hoping to find letters from her boyfriend, Jimmy Wells, who was an infantryman serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

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Ian Husak with the Vietnamese flag on a fishing boat in Ha Long Bay. (Credit: Ian Husak courtesy photos)

Ian Husak with the Vietnamese flag on a fishing boat in Ha Long Bay. (Credit: Ian Husak courtesy photos)

When Ian Husak first arrived in Vietnam, he didn’t have the benefit of international data on his phone. There was no GPS in his pocket to direct the Mattituck High School graduate from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne, a journey of more than 130 miles on a motorcycle across foreign terrain.

“I had no map,” he recalled. “I spent the whole day wondering, ‘Am I going the right way?’ ” (more…)