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Abdul Rahman Shareef

“We were for real and believed in the cause as it was presented — to liberate the country and its people. All gave some, some gave all.” Dates in Vietnam: 1967–1968 Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps Rank during active duty: Sergeant 5

Shareef knew he wanted to be a Marine and joined the infantry at the age of 17. While his mother was unhappy, his father accepted his decision, advising him to stay calm at all times. On his third night in Vietnam, Shareef saw combat by way of mortar fire. Five days prior to his flight home, he was wounded in Khe Sahn. Many of his friends were not as lucky.

William “Bill” Harris Hamilton Sr. “My job was to serve my country to the best of my ability and be proud to be an American. Nothing has changed to this day.” Dates in Vietnam: 1965–1966 Branch of Service: U.S. Navy Rank while on active duty: Radioman Third Class

Hamilton joined the Naval Reserve when he was just 17 years old — a junior in high school. It was routine to join the service in his family. As a radioman, his job was to patch his shipmates back to the States so they were able to talk to their families by shortwave and landline connections. His ship, the USS Annapolis, sailed in and out of combat zones, but he saw little combat up close.

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Salt • March 2015

The Art & Soul of Wilmington

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March Salt 2015  

The Art & Soul of Wilmington

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The Art & Soul of Wilmington

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