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I made three westpacs (six-month deployments in the western Pacific) aboard the USS Hancock. 1963: was off the coast of Vietnam when Kennedy was assassinated. 1964-65: We attacked North Vietnam. Four months, 24/7 bombing with no letup. 1965-66: Just past Guam we heard the battle of Ia Drang on the short wave.

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