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April 2, 2013 > Milpitas Rotary hears Vietnam Veterans' story

Milpitas Rotary hears Vietnam Veterans' story

Submitted By and Photo by Frank De Smidt

Featured speaker Vietnam Veteran Michael Martin, who served in the Navy, spoke of the experiences of those who fought in Vietnam at a Milpitas Rotary meeting March 12. Of the 2,594,000 who served there, 25% were draftees plus up to 15,000 civilian women; 58,229 died and 303,204 were injured.

Almost 80 percent of the men who served had a high school education or better, a greater percentage than those who served in Korea and WWII. Not one combat unit surrendered to the enemy during nine years of fighting. Almost all Vietnam Veterans were honorably discharged.

Martin presented pictures of young soldiers he knew, stationed near Da Nang. His photos showed how supplies were unloaded, moved, and stored as well as significant damage to structures from enemy attacks on nearby ammo depots.

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