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Vietnam War veteran Mark Oconnor sits with his pal, 15-year-old Nguyen Doang Lee, at a school in the rural highlands district of A Luoi, Vietnam in this picture taken in 2014. Lee spent only four years in school before dropping out when he just eight-years-old. For the past seven years, he has worked to support his mother by selling postcards to tourists in the former imperial capital of Hue. Oconnor, 64, of Sioux Falls, S.D., bought a bicycle for Lee so he could work more easily, and the pair have formed a close bond. “I’d bring him back home with me, if I could,” said Oconnor. Lee described his friend as a “very good man.” April 21, 2014.