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We Belong To A Club

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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It's like we belong to a club that no one else understands. That's why I think these reunions are important.

Ian Johnston enlisted with the Marines as a college student. He first served in the Combined Action Program (CAP) Unit, but ended up in the 1/1 Marines after his unit was broken up. He feels a strong sense of brotherhood with his fellow Marines and believes the reunions are an important part of life after Vietnam.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Marine Corps

Dates of Service: 1970 - 1972

Unit: CAP Unit, 1/1 Marines

Story Themes: 1/1 Marines, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1st Marines, 1st Marines Reunion, Bloomington, Booby Traps, Brotherhood, CAP Unit, Coming Home, Draft, Enlisting, Ian Johnston, Infantry, Reunion, Terrain, Watch, WIA, Wounded in Action

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