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(See S. Haugh, p. 2, June 2005 Proceedings)
John L. Arata-Welcome to the crowd! During World War II no matter where in the world you served, stateside or overseas, you were considered a World War II veteran and a campaign ribbon was issued for each theatre. Those of us who served during the war in Vietnam are not considered a Vietnam War veteran unless you were "in country" or in "adjacent waters." If you spent your service during that time overseas loading B-52's in Guam for bombing missions, repairing and/or replenishing ships in the Philippines, or training pilots at the bombing range in Japan, you are not considered a Vietnam War veteran-and you are not eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
I have no regrets for the three and one-half years I spent in the Air Force at Misawa Air Base, Japan in the 1960s. Over time you will realize as I did, that in your heart you know that you did your job well, and served your country honorably. That means more than any of the brass medals, colored ribbons, or club memberships.
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