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The meeting was remarkable in part because of where it took place: on the bank of a canal in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
One of the veterans was then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had once patrolled the surrounding waterways as an American naval officer during the Vietnam War.
The other was Vo Van Tam, a native of the area who spent the war fighting for the communist-led “Viet Cong” insurgency. In February 1969, Kerry and Tam had been on opposite sides of a firefight on a nearby river. During that battle, Kerry killed one of Tam’s comrades who tried to fire a rocket at Kerry’s patrol boat. But now the two former enemies clasped hands and expressed admiration for each other. “I’m glad we’re both alive,” Kerry told Tam. (Full Story)