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1966

It was the year of the reality check. In 1966, Americans began to grasp what they faced in Vietnam. Back home the U.S. administration struggled to sell the war as a necessary sacrifice to stop global communism and save a backward people from an evil aggressor seeking to enslave them.
Hon Lee: 'I wouldn't trade it for the world'
Hon Lee, 73: Navy ROTC University of Oklahoma, artillery officer in Vietnam 1967-68, CIA intelligence officer 1971-2001, founder of martial arts school, opened Chinese medicine and acupuncture practice in 2001.
John Astle and Roger Hunt: Friends survived combat as CH-46 pilots
John “Ace” Astle, 73: Enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves out of high school, Marshall University in West Virginia and Platoon Leaders Course, 1962-66, Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., 1967-68. Flew CH-46 helicopter in Vietnam 1968-69, served as a pilot on Marine One, retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel after 30 years. Spent several years as a police pilot, and since 1982, has been an elected official in the Maryland legislature – first in the House, then in the Senate.


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