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©Stars and StripesYokota Air Base, Japan, March, 1973: Lt. Caroline Thibodeau has the heel of her shoe checked by Capt. Joan Lesnikowski at a Yokota Air Base customs checkpoint as A1C Randall Hale searches Lt. Karen Wojtecki's luggage. The two Army nurses were among 752 servicemembers on their way from South Vietnam to Travis AFB in California — the first wave of the last American troops to leave Vietnam.

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