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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

Rick Bates | 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron

5:02   |   Getting stationed in Southeast Asia, Rick Bates was asked to graduate survival school early due to a shortage in pilots. He was assigned to fly combat missions very quickly after settling into Ubon Air Force Base.

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