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"This stuff goes through your mind every time you go out in a convoy. You always say, 'Is it going to be my day to come back?'" Video interview, 24:21

   Thomas H. Hodge
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Thomas Hodge, 2002
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: Truck Company, Force Logistic Support Group (FLSG) B, Force Logistics Command, 3rd Marine Division
Service Location: Parris Island, South Carolina; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Camp Pendleton, California; Okinawa, Japan; Da Nang, Vietnam; Quang Tri, Vietnam; Dong Ha, Vietnam; Khe Sanh, Vietnam; Rockpile, Vietnam
Rank: Sergeant
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Thomas Hodge didn't expect to live long when he got to Vietnam. After he was assigned to a truck company, he heard that the life expectancy of a wartime truck driver was three days. At first, he took that remark for a joke; then he got to Vietnam and saw what a dangerous job he was in for: working 18 hour shifts, dodging enemy fire, and hoping that his truck, often loaded with explosives, didn’t hit a land mine.

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