New York to Saigon: taking beers to my friends in a warzone


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A crazy idea thrown around a neighbourhood pub soon became the adventure of a lifetime. In 1967 New-York-City-native Chickie Donahue crossed oceans and hitched rides across a warzone to hand-deliver beers to his friends fighting in Vietnam. Not a soldier, Chickie relied on his charm and wit to get him to where he needed to go. But what began as a short morale-boosting mission soon became much more trecherous as Chickie found himself caught up in the deadly Lunar New Year attacks on what was then Saigon. Presenter and producer: Mariana Des Forges Get in touch: Picture: Chickie Donahue in Vietnam Credit: Courtesy of Chickie Donahue

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