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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

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

5:17   |   It was his first patrol as a platoon leader and they were only a thousand yards out when Jim Benson encountered his first booby trap. He thought, is it this bad here? He found out that his platoon was not very disciplined, not even using flank security when moving. That all changed, but not before he lost a promising young corporal who ignored a basic rule.

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