Thirty years ago, a young U.S. soldier shot killed a North Vietnamese soldier on a trail. In a moment of empathy and introspection, he rifled through the dead soldier’s belongings and found a photo of the man and his daughter.
After the war had ended, Richard Luttrell could not get the image of the girl and her father out of his mind, so he made a vow that he would find her and return the photo.
Luttrell’s journey was documented in the Dateline documentary Coming Home which first aired in 2008. The excerpt below shows his arrival to the village of the man he killed, and his encounter with the man’s daughter — returning the photo that she had never seen.
Get your tissues ready: