Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Where in the World is COL (Ret) Monje (II)?

It’s time once again to figure out where in the world is COL (Ret) Nick Monje?  When we last saw COL (Ret) Monje he was traveling China with his wife Dianne.  Based on our feature photo, where is COL (Ret) Monje now?

Hint – COL (Ret) Monje is in the tunnels of Củ Chi.  The Củ Chi tunnels are an immense network of connecting tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of a famous city that’s part of American history.  The tunnels are also part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country they are located in.

If you guessed Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam, then you guessed right!

The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.  The tunnels were used by Viet Cong as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters.  The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces during the Vietnam War and helped to counter the growing American military effort.

Thanks again to COL (Ret) and Mrs. Monje for carrying the AGCRA logo to another unique location in the world.

COL (Ret) Nick Monje and his wife, Dianne, visiting the MeKong Delta in Vietnam.
COL (Ret) Monje visits the Ha Noi Hilton Prison in Vietnam where American pilots were held as POWs during the Vietnam War.
This photo depicts the final helicopter extraction point during the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.
Here’s the same extraction point today, which also serves as a hotel.
The Monje’s visited the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. The Angkor Wat Temple is a Hindu temple complex and is the largest religious monument in the world on a site measuring 402 acres.
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Where in the World is COL (Ret) Monje?

AGCRA has a goal of touching all corners of the Army, from South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and all the way to Afghanistan.  But why stop there, let’s take AGCRA global!  So we asked COL (Ret) Nick Monje and his wife Dianne to carry the AGCRA logos to even more exotic places… so where in the world are they?

That’s right, Nick and Dianne recently returned from a 3-week journey across China.  Nick told us, “While China was a wonderfully exciting country to visit – the history, culture, people (1.5B Population), sights, sounds, and food, – we were unable to communicate with the outside world.  China restricted our Google, G-mail, and social media accounts.”  He added, “The Chinese government had also restricted TV news reporting on Hong Kong current events.  Interestingly, one had to enter and win a lottery to buy a car, which could only be driven on certain days of the week.  Unbelievably, their ‘One Child Only’ policy was recently changed to allow a family to have no more than two children.  Please know the Chinese people were wonderful to us.  Unfortunately, their citizens don’t know what they don’t know.  They only know what the communist government wants them to know (reminds us of “fake news”).  It is so wonderful to be back in the USA, where we remain the greatest nation in the free world!”

The photos show Nick and Dianne in Tian’anmen Square, the Great Wall of China, Terra Cota Warrior’s Archeological site, and traveling down the Yangtze River.  Nick and Dianne are planning another overseas trip in early 2020.  So where will their ‘Bucket List’ take them next?

OK, so now it’s your turn… take a photo of yourself with the AGCRA logo below at a unique location, be it CONUS or OCONUS, and send it to Adjutant@agcra.com and we’ll share it with our members.

Editor’s Note – COL (Ret) Nick Monje is an AG Corps Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2011, and a Distinguished Member of the AG Corps.  His 29-year Army career included command and senior AG leadership assignments and culminated with duties as the Commander / Director, Personnel Information Systems Command and Special Assistant, Office of the DCSPER, The Pentagon.  COL (Ret) Monje retired from the Army on 1 October 1998.

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