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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.

  • Eric J. Shelton | Herald
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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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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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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.