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"I didn’t want to be in Germany when there was a war going on in Vietnam." (Interview) Vietnam.”

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   Charles Timothy Hagel
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Chuck Hagel
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Service Location: IV Corps, South Vietnam; United States
Rank: Sergeant, E-5
Place of Birth: NE
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Chuck Hagel, Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator, served in Vietnam with his brother Tom in 1968. During the worst year of the war, they walked side by side as infantry squad leaders with the U.S. Army's 9th Infantry Division. Senator Hagel's poignant descriptions of the "War with no rules" invite us to smell the jungle, feel the heat, and experience the sheer terror of the night. For his extreme courage, Hagel earned many honors, including two Purple Hearts.

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The bond with others who served. (00:41)  
  
 
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