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From Freezing Cold to Steaming Hot

David R. Johnson left for Vietnam in the dead of winter and the climate change was a shock to his system. He eventually acclimated, and his attitude about the war shifted. His primary mission became to look out for his fellow soldiers, count the days, and get home.

It was look out for your buddy and then he'll look out for you. The hell with the war. Just do your time... count those days and go home.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Pleiku, Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Army

Dates of Service: 1966 - 1972

Unit: 45th Eng Gp

Specialty: 67N2F

Additional Locations During Vietnam: Quy Nhon, Vung Tau, Da Nang, Hue

David's story was captured with the help of TPT's Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. 

Story Themes: 45th Eng Gp, 46th Special Forces, Bravery, Brotherhood, Christmas, Coming Home, Dissent, Draft, First Impressions, Holiday, Humanity, Medevac, Multiple Tours, Protest, State Fair Interviews, Terrain, Watch, Weaponry

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