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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

Tom Buchan | 3rd Battalion, 4th Cavalry Regiment - Army

5:12   |   When he got to his assigned base at Cu Chi, Tom Buchan finally got a weapon but they didn't give him any ammo. He was a tanker by training but the platoon sergeant put him on an APC. There's got to be some mistake, he thought. They bedded down for the night at a fire support base and, when he woke up and struck a match for a smoke, all hell broke loose.

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