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Don't Trust Your Government

Jerry Miron was a scout dog handler in Vietnam. He and his German shepherd, Rebel, would go out in advance of troops looking for hidden dangers. Once when he was on a secret mission in Cambodia, Jerry received a newspaper from back home that said Nixon denied the US was in Cambodia. From that point on, he had trouble trusting the government. 

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I said, "Pull back, bring in gunships, bring in cobras, spray the area, then have these guys go out." And they said, "Stand down."

Jerry's story was captured with the help of TPT's Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team.

A young soldier kneeling in the dirt, a German shepherd sitting behind him.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Cambodia Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Army

Unit: 41st Scout Dog Platoon

This story is part of the Mental Health Awareness story collection.
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Story Themes: 1967, 1968, 1st Cavalry Division, 41st Scout Dog Platoon, Ambush, Animals, Cambodia, Coming Home, Correspondence, dog, History Theatre, Jerry Miron, MN Warriors Ice Hockey, Politics, PTSD, Richard Nixon, Scout Dog, Suicide

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