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On the way home, 1973

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 28, 2019

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Yokota Air Base, Japan, March, 1973: Sgt. 1.C. Gregorio S. N. Torre brandishes a small brass bell he bought in a Saigon shop as he prepares to board a flight to Travis AFB, Calif., on his way home from Vietnam. "This is my Liberty Bell, man," he said. "It's going to ring out my freedom when I get to Travis." Torre was one of 752 U.S. servicemen who quietly passed through Yokota within a few hours; they were the first of the last American troops to leave South Vietnam.

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