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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary, Part II

The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968.

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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary

The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968. The veteran wishes to remain anonymous but was willing to share the impressions he wrote down of his time there.

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Veteran Spotlight: Seaman John Bonacquisti

Bonaquisti served his country in Navy from 1944 to 1946 as a seaman, then as an electrician his last six months. He grew up in Pittsfield and left school at 18 to enlist.

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Veteran Spotlight: Navy Petty Officer Ron Reda

Ron Reda spent a decade in the Navy, the first the half in the Navy's "silent service" and then five years serving up dinner in the White House. He ended his service to the country in 2000 as a petty officer.

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Jeremy Healy

Jeremy Healy served his country for 12 years in the Army Reserve, from 2001-13, and was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

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Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Steven Schultze

Steven Schultze served his country in the Marine Corps from 1997 to 2019, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Growing up, he had a desire to give something back as his dad and uncles were Marines during the Vietnam War era.

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Veteran Spotlight: Airman Ben Hamilton

From Lackland, Hamilton was assigned to the former Chanute AFB in Illinois, where he worked in the highly dangerous capacity as a specialist, dealing with liquid oxygen and nitro for the jet fighters.

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Maj. Michael King

This week's Veteran Spotlight subject is retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael King, who now leads the Berkshire Veteran Outreach Center.

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Veteran Spotlight: Spc. Jake Gaylord

It was an absolute pleasure to interview this week's Veterans Spotlight feature. Jacob "Jake" Gaylord served his country in the Army National Guard for six years as a specialist.

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Lt. Dominick Sondrini

Growing up in Dalton, he attended the former St. Joseph's in Pittsfield and Wahconah Regional High School. After graduating from Western New England College, he was sent by the Marines to Quantico, Va., for Officer Candidate School, where he also completed the demanding Infantry Officer Course.

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Veterans Spotlight: Cpl. Tony Pastore

Tony Pastore served his country in the Air Force during World War II and, again after the war, as a corporal. At 96 years of age, he is a pure gem of "The Greatest Generation" with a fabulous voice to boot.

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. Terry McGinnis

At 27 years of age, Terry McGinnis is far ahead of his peers. An extremely humble, courteous and respectful young man, he served his country in the Army for six years, finishing with the rank of sergeant.

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. McCarthy

He was 20 years old when he landed at Bien Hoa Air Base, north of Saigon, and recalled his first firefight.

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Veteran Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Andrea Esposito

Esposito grew up in North Haven, Conn., and enlisted in May 1985. Her basic training was at the famed Fort Dix in New Jersey, where she was in one of the first female companies at Fort Dix.

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Veteran Video Spotlight: Fran Giardina

Wayne Soares interviews Fran Giardina, an Army veteran of the Korean War.

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Veteran Video Spotlight: Marc Jaffe

Wayne Soares interviews Marine Lt. Marc Jaffe, a veteran of World War II.

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