Gary Cooper ©Stars and StripesVung Tau, South Vietnam, August, 1966: A soldier is given a flower by a Vietnamese girl as the 196th Light Infantry Brigade comes ashore near the end of a long journey from Fort Devens, Mass. The 196th — which still had 70 miles to go (by C-130 transport) before reaching its new home at Tay Ninh — was to join the 25th Infantry Division, which would then become the largest U.S. combat force in Vietnam.

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