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"If you tell a friend you're going to stand up for a friend, you don't turn your back on them when the going gets a little nasty." (Video interview, 29:40)

   Ronald Winter
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Ronald Winter, Phu Bai. November 1969 [detail]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: HMM-161 (Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron), 1st Marine Air Wing
Service Location: North Carolina; South Carolina; Florida; Virginia; California; Vietnam
Rank: Sergeant
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Ronald Winter didn't take the easy way out when it came to military service. Although he was attending college on a scholarship, he decided to enlist in the Marines, and once he was shipped off to Vietnam, he volunteered for machine gunner duty aboard helicopters. In 13 months, Winter flew 300 missions, and even the mundane supply drops were fraught with a danger he never shirked.

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The shock of boot camp. (02:56) Having second thoughts about enlisting. (01:05) First impressions of Vietnam. (01:38)
Missions on a helicopter; meeting someone he shot face to face. (06:41) Trying to extend his tour of duty; defending the war. (03:16) First night home; writing about his wartime experiences. (03:10)
The distorted image of the Vietnam veteran. (04:48)  
  
 
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