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I Wasn't About to Miss That Plane

Dave Borton didn't re-register for college in time after finishing his second year, so he got drafted and served what he calls a long four years. He recalls the joy of getting on his "freedom bird" flight home, but also the hostility of coming back to a divided country. 

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

They weren't going home that day, but I sure was. That was the happiest day of my life.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Thailand Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Air Force

Dates of Service: 1968 - 1972

Story Themes: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, Air Force, Bangkok, C-130, Coming Home, Draft, Freedom Bird, Ho Chi Minh Trail, My Lai Massacre, Power Of Storytelling Interviews, Saint Paul, St Paul, Watch

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