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Early Years In Vietnam
Dick Bernard served in the early years of the Vietnam War, from 1962-1963. Dick is active in both the American Legion and Veterans for Peace, but it wasn't until after 9/11 that he started to become involved in the anti-war movement.
I don't see war as having any good end. It's just a continuation of a bad story that's gone on for centuries.
Dick's story was captured with the help of TPT's Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team.
Story Subject: Military Service
Military Branch: U.S. Army
Dates of Service: 1962 - 1963
Veteran Organization: Veterans for Peace, American Legion
Unit: CAC 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry, 5th Infantry Division
Specialty: Company Clerk
Story Themes: 9/11, American Legion, Anti-war Movement, Death and Loss, Dick Bernard, Dissent, Draft, Enlisting, Fort Carson, Ft. Carson, Ken Burns Screener TPT, Politics, The Vietnam Memorial, The Vietnam Wall, Veterans for Peace, Watch