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Rich Hosier

“I was proud of my service time . . . After thirty years in business, I realized that working as an advisor in Vietnam was the best job I ever had!” Dates in Vietnam: 1967–1969 Branch of Service: U.S. Army Rank during active duty: Sergeant

When Hosier left for Vietnam in 1967, he was 19 years old. At the time, he could not locate Vietnam on a map, much less describe what was happening there. During his basic training at Fort Knox, he and his comrades began to understand the conflict. His job as a team leader in the 6th Psychological Operations Battalion was to broadcast messages and drop leaflets. Hosier remembers traveling to local Vietnam villages with exViet Congs to eat local food — a welcome break from the cold rations they received in the field.

David J. Johnson

“At one time we were told not to fire unless fired upon, and that wasn’t too good. Lots of lives were lost because you had to do what you had to do.” Dates in Vietnam: 1967–1968 Branch of Service: U.S. Army Rank during active duty: Staff Sergeant

Johnson’s family supported his decision to join the Army because, after service, he would have access to education and a better future. He was 19. While in Vietnam, Johnson lost a friend; another was badly injured. He remembers being afraid to trust the people of Vietnam fully, and was even afraid to go to the club that many of his fellow soldiers went to on their off days.

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