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Listen to a Vietnam Veteran Describe the Reality of Deploying to Vietnam for the First Time

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It soon became clear that the people living in the nearby villages were our enemies, according to W.D. Ehrhart disclosed in 1990 to director David Hoffman.

They were the enemy, or at the very least, the enemy was present somewhere and we were unable to distinguish between them. W.D. After graduating from high school in 1966, Ehrhart entered in the Marine Corps and served for 13 months in South Vietnam. Today, he works as a poet, writer, and speaker in suburban Philadelphia and is referred to as a “Vietnam War poet.” Hoffman recorded 180 interviews for the television show “Making Sense of the Sixties,” including himself. Ehrhart, 18, was dissatisfied when he was picked up by a jeep and had to go 20 miles to his battalion’s location instead. Nobody could be seen cheering or throwing flowers from the side of the road. From the beginning of February 1967 through the end of February 1968, Ehrhart served honorably while on deployment with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. Along with the National Defense Service Medal and several honors from the now-defunct Republic of Vietnam, he returned home with a Purple Heart, a Navy Combat Action Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations, and more. On his third day in the country, he became aware of the adversary.



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