PAST VBC TRIPS
VBC WWII Battlefield Tour of Europe
September 11-25, 2018
The VBC took our WWII Battlefield Tour of Europe this September. We followed the footsteps of the Band of Brothers, from Normandy to the Eagle’s Nest in the Bavarian Alps. Todd DePastino, Director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, served as the Historian on the trip, accompanied by local guides and experts all along the way. We arrived in Paris, toured Versailles, and explored the landing beaches of Normandy before heading off for Holland to revisit Operation Market Garden. We then toured the ground of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Munich were next, where we saw the model for Hitler’s Final Solution: Dachau concentration camp. We trekked to the mountainous border of Austria to see Hitler’s mountain fortress, Berchtesgaden, the “Eagle’s Nest.” Before heading home, we celebrated Oktoberfest in Munich! The Trip of a Lifetime.
Vietnam VBC Tour 2018 – Highlights. Video director: Evan Mulgrave, Song: Oshóva – Chilling (Vlog No Copyright Music), Music promoted by Vlog, No Copyright Music.
Vietnam 2018, by Libbie DePastino. Song: Cool Blue by The Japanese House.
VBC VIETNAM TOUR
March 3-18, 2018
In March 2018, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive of 1968, the Veterans Breakfast Club led a 14-day tour of Vietnam, from Hanoi and Halong Bay in the North to Saigon and the Mekong Delta in the South. Seventeen of us traveled together, including seven veterans. We stayed in 4-star hotels and ate wonderful meals along the way, soaking in the visually stunning landscape, enjoying the warm and friendly people, and marveling at a vibrant economy that is one of the fastest growing in the world. Every day, however, we paused from our wonder of contemporary Vietnam to consider the past and remember those Americans who arrived here 50 years ago and never returned. The travelers agreed this trip was a peak experience. We’ll never view the country or the war in the same way again.
- The VBC stopped for a photo and a moment of remembrance on the Nguyen Huang Bridge spanning the Perfume River in Hue. Fifty years ago, Golf Company, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines crossed this bridge in the face of machine gun fire to reach the Citadel, held by the NVA. The light drizzle matched the weather in 1968. George Haught’s friend and assistant machine gunner Pfc. Clyde Carter died here, and we said a prayer and held a moment of silence for Clyde and all those killed in the terrible battle of Hue.
- We enjoyed dinner at a local family’s house; they hosted us, cooked for us and we learned about how local families live, eat and how their homes are set up!
- We visited the Imperial City in Hanoi, and also the “Hanoi Hilton,” where we learned about the grim life inside the prison.
- We took a few hours of R&R with a morning boat tour through Halong Bay, a hike into a cavern and enjoyed a local lunch on board of the “Ha’i Long” boat.