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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

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

8:31   |   His platoon was defending the Tu Cau Bridge when a Viet Cong came walking down the road right toward the machine gun emplacement. "Chu hoi," came the cry from the injured Vietnamese fighter and Jim Benson took him in and questioned him. A successful operation followed, marred only by some errant artillery shells that killed some civilians. This enraged his medic, who was not allowed to remain and treat the wounded.

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