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Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of a 10-part series on the Vietnam War, highlighting veterans from Central Texas. The series included in-depth articles on issues veterans and their families faced during and after the war.

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Vietnam War veteran Pat Christ of Harker Heights holds a plaque with images of himself July 22 in Killeen.

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Retired Petty Officer 2nd Class James Henry of Killeen on Thursday holds a photo of himself that was taken while he was serving as a Navy corpsman in the Vietnam War.

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Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment of a 10-part series on the Vietnam War, highlighting veterans from Central Texas and the issues they faced. Read the full series at forthoodherald.com/vietnam.

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KILLEEN — Vietnam veteran, international speaker and author Dave Roever visited Destiny World Outreach Center in Killeen on Sunday.

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Fighting in the flat-to-rolling jungle terrain of the Ia Drang Valley, some 1,500 square miles, began Nov. 1, 1965, when a platoon of air mobile infantry from Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, came across a North Vietnamese aid station. The U.S. troops overran the station, kil…

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July 15, 1965: Viet Cong guerrillas badly mauled tow large government forces in widely separated attacks today. South Vietnamese government losses were heavy and American military advisers were also killed.

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July 8, 1965: American paratroopers charging into the fire from Viet Cong machine-guns killed more than 100 communist guerrillas in three battles in the jungles of combat Zone D, 30 miles north of Saigon.

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June 22, 1965: U.S. Air Force jets bombed a military barracks northwest of Hanoi and barely 80 miles from the border of communist China. The raid was the deepest penetration of the war. In the ground war, two U.S. Marines were killed when their Jeep hit a land mine 8.5 miles west of Da Nang.

  • By Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson | 1st Cavalry Division public affairs
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The small company flag — known in the military as a guidon — flew over an airmobile infantry company of 160 soldiers during some of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

  • By Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf | 1st Cavalry Division public affairs
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The 68th Annual 1st Cavalry Division Reunion provided a remarkable opportunity to link the soldiers of the present with heroes of the past, even those long passed on.

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For many American soldiers in Vietnam, the stress that comes with being on the battlefield didn’t end when they left the war zone. It followed them home.

  • By Wilborn Nobles | The Washington Post
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WASHINGTON — The sounds of bagpipes filled the air Sunday as people carried roses along a cobblestone path toward the black marble wall. Among them was Denise Reed, wearing a button with a photo of her father, Army Sgt. Harold Reed, who died in Vietnam when Denise was 6 years old.

  • Eric J. Shelton | Herlad
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Vietnam War veteran Sam Murphey poss at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9192 Wednesday in Killeen.

  • JC Jones | Herald staff writer
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When Sam Murphey landed in Vietnam in March of 1967, the then-first lieutenant had been in the Army just 18 months. Back in those days, the Harker Heights resident said, you didn’t get there with a bunch of unit buddies by your side.

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June 4, 1965: Two U.S. Marines were killed and 19 wounded in the Da Nang area in their heaviest day of action since they arrived in March. The Marines killed 19 guerillas and wounded 11.

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