Preserving The Oral HistorIES of Combat Veterans

COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

Jim Benson | I Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division

4:42   |   It was the "Sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne that inspired Jim Benson enough to leave a job he loved, coaching high school football, and join the Marines. It was 1968 so it was certain he would go to Vietnam. After the new Lieutenant recovered from the heat when he walked off the plane, he was assigned a platoon. He was surprised at what supplies were being packed for patrol.

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