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Frank Aceves, Dong Tam, Vietnam [1968]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Navy
Unit: USS Weehawken (YTB 776); USS Delta (AR 9)
Service Location: United States Naval Training Center (USNTC), San Diego, Camp Pendleton, Coronado and Alameda, California; Midway Island; Vietnam
Rank: Electrician's Mate Second Class
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Enlisting in the Navy in 1966, Frank Aceves made it his goal to become an electrician and move up the ranks as quickly as possible. Following a stint working on a tugboat in the Midway Island harbor, he was assigned to serve with the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam. Stationed at Dong Tam, he was responsible for the upkeep of boats that would patrol the Mekong Delta rivers and canals. Despite having to contend with mortar attacks and a constant lack of adequate sleep, his time in the service was a rewarding experience that paved the way for his future career as an electrician.

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Description of river boats that he served on; arriving in Vietnam; being awestruck at city hubbub in Saigon. (02:28) Had fairly good relationships with his fellow sailors; had to confront a few racist remarks; tried to address them and move on. (01:19) Visit from Bob Hope; other performers; going on rest and relaxation to Bangkok; leaving Vietnam in January of 1969. (02:51)
Service in Alameda, California, after transfer back to the States from Vietnam; luxury of working and living conditions there compared to Vietnam. (01:59) Lessons that the Army taught him; becoming more disciplined, goal-oriented, and prompt; using these skills in his post-service career as an electrician. (02:47) Volunteering in his community; feelings of pride in his service. (01:04)
  
 

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