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Jerry Gast | 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division - Army

5:04   |   Vietnam was amazing. The heat and the weather were overwhelming. That, and the lack of plumbing at the forward base, was an extreme culture shock to the American teenagers. Jerry Gast was initially at the beach, where he could go swimming and was ferried to the mess hall, but that would soon change to friendly fire and booby traps.

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