Father and son found hiding from U.S. bombing in Vietnam jungle

Aug. 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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HANOI, Vietnam, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Vietnamese man who fled into the jungle with his year-old son in 1971 to escape U.S. bombing was carried out more than 40 years later.

Ho Van Thanh, now 82, and his son, Ho Van Lang, 41, were found Wednesday in remote forest in Quang Ngai province in central Vietnam, Thanh Nien News.com reported. The father was unable to walk and was carried out of the forest in a hammock.

Father and son had been living in a house fashioned from sticks that resembled a large bird's nest. They grew some crops and wore pants made from bark.

They have had some contact with the outside world. Ho Van Tri, who was a baby when his mother and two older brothers were killed by bombs and his father disappeared, said he discovered the campsite many years ago.

Ho Van Tri said he had been trying to help his father and brother, giving them salt and oil and bringing neighbors to try to convince them to come home. But he said they hid when they saw strangers and refused to accept his gifts.

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