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President Nixon visits the troops in Vietnam, 1969

Jim Clare ©Stars and Stripes
Di An, South Vietnam, August, 1969: One group of American soldiers was about to take part in a helicopter assault, and another was about to go on a night ambush mission. But before they could leave the base at Di An, they had some visitors: President Richard Nixon and a horde of 200 newsmen. Nixon made the surprise stop in the Saigon area on his way to Thailand; more than 20 helicopters and a flight of F100 jets patrolled the area's skies as the commander in chief talked to this servicemember and his comrades.

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