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Jerry Sikorski: You never knew who the enemy was

You never knew who was the enemy or not because the Viet Cong didn’t wear uniforms.

Jerry Sikorski spent seven months in Vietnam from 1969-70 as a radar technician in the US Marine Corps. His service was cut short when a tragic family accident occurred. As the oldest of 14, he was sent home on emergency leave to help his family. 

Although he didn't face protestors when he came home to his small town, but kept his service and tattoo that he got in Vietnam hidden until recently.

Group of Vietnam soldiers

Vietnam 1969-70

Vietnam soldier and Vietnamese woman
Young Vietnam soldier

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Da Nang, Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Marine Corps

Dates of Service: 1969 - 1970

Unit: 3rd Battalion 7th Marines

Specialty: Radar Technician

Story Themes: 3rd Marines, 7th Marines, Combat, Coming Home, Electronic Technician, Family, Radarman, Video, Viet Cong, WDSE WRPT

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