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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

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

4:56   |   Platoon Leader Jim Benson loved to have Private Dewey around in a firefight but he was also the company misfit. When a new battalion commander took the reins, he laid down the law about accidental discharges. As the unit formed up in the field during an operation, the commander was standing right there when Dewey approached, the M79 Grenade Launcher in his hand.

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