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Operation County Fair and Operation Stone

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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Soon as I left the country, I lost all contact with everybody. I felt so alone for 40, 45 years.

Ron Warren explains that there were no "front lines" in Vietnam, so he and his fellow Marines had to try to separate out Vietnamese civilians from the Viet Cong. Two tactics employed to do this stick out in his mind. Reunions with other 1st Marine, 1st Battalion (1/1) veterans have allowed Ron to heal and feel connected.

Biographical Details

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Marine Corps

Dates of Service: 1966 - 1967

Unit: 1st Battalion

Story Themes: 1966, 1967, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marines Reunion, Bloomington, Coming Home, Marines, Operation Country Fair, Operation Stone, PTSD, Reunion, Ron Warren, Watch

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