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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

Zach Johnson | 1st Force Reconnaissance Company - Marines

4:03   |   It was a routine patrol until they found an enemy communications wire. Platoon leader Zach Johnson cut the wire and followed it to an empty base camp where it terminated in a switchboard in a cave. Fortunately, there was no one there. Before they were extracted the next day, they had to call in some close air support when the bad guys showed up.

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  • Zach Johnson  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  6:20

    The first job for Zach Johnson after his combat tour was at the Marine Security Guard Battalion, which placed elite Marines at American embassies and consulates. Then it was years at Quantico in various training positions. After his twenty years in the Corps, he went to work for Booz Allen Hamilton doing support work for the Marines.

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