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It's Easier As I Get Older

A large company of US soldiers sitting on a hill, posing for a photo.

This video was captured by the Twin Cities PBS Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team in Bloomington, MN at a national 1st Battalion, 1st Marines reunion in August 2017.
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I was virtually in every one of the battles that Alpha Company was in and I was not wounded.

Rod McLaren says that his experience serving in the 1st Marines in Vietnam was horrifying, but that it's getting easier to talk about it as he gets older. He also considers himself to be very lucky--he was in almost every battle that Alpha Company was in, yet he never got wounded.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Con Thien, Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Marine Corps

Dates of Service: 1967 - 1968

Unit: 1/1 Marines, Alpha Company

Specialty: 60 mm Mortars

Story Themes: 1967, 1968, 1st Marines, 1st Marines Reunion, Bloomington, Con Thien, Da Nang, Marines, Marriage, Multiple Tours, Reunion, Rod McLaren, Watch

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