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Is it possible to have joined the Army in April 1977 and have served in Vietnam and see combat?

I thought we left in April 1975 after the fall of Saigon.
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UMMMM seeing as how Phnom Penh, Cambodia fell in mid-April '75, Saigon fell to the NVA the end of April of '75 I don't see how someone who came in in '77 could in anyway be a Vietnam Vet. Even the Mayaguez which is considered the last battle of the war was in mid-May of '75. Participants in Operations Frequent Wind (Saigon) and Eagle Pull (Phnom Penh)and the Mayaguez Incident were awarded the "Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal", not the Vietnam Service Medal (at least that is what went into my personnel file).
 

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The person that I am speaking of also has told others that he has been in four different wars. He said he did 22 years.

I dont really see him that often and would hate to think he is lying, but I just get a weird feeling something isn't right with this guy.

Is there anything I could ask him about only a vet would know?

Maybe it is just me.
 

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The person that I am speaking of also has told others that he has been in four different wars. He said he did 22 years.

I dont really see him that often and would hate to think he is lying, but I just get a weird feeling something isn't right with this guy.

Is there anything I could ask him about only a vet would know?

Maybe it is just me.
Well, he's apparently lying if claims to be a vietnam combat vet. You could ask him to see his dd214.

Do you suspect he never served at all, or he is just lying about vietnam to pretend to have served in a war or something?
 
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Maybe if they were in Dam Lye. I know quite a few who had gone there.
Damn, I missed that little gem on my first read. I must be gettin' old. Very nice indeed. :rofl:
 
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The person that I am speaking of also has told others that he has been in four different wars. He said he did 22 years.
-Viet Nam (he said he was there in 77)
-Grenada was in 83
-Desert Storm 91

I'm trying to figure the 4th possible war having 22 yrs. served (1999 maybe 2000 he was done). Did I miss one? The next war was after 9-11-01.

Maybe he counted desert shield as a war? dunno. The conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo? Beats me...
 

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-Viet Nam (he said he was there in 77)
-Grenada was in 83
-Desert Storm 91

I'm trying to figure the 4th possible war having 22 yrs. served (1999 maybe 2000 he was done). Did I miss one? The next war was after 9-11-01.

Maybe he counted desert shield as a war? dunno. The conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo? Beats me...
Doesn't matter. He doesn't sound too credible, anyway.
 

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Well, he's apparently lying if claims to be a vietnam combat vet. You could ask him to see his dd214.

Do you suspect he never served at all, or he is just lying about vietnam to pretend to have served in a war or something?
I have run into people like this and if you ask to see their DD214,(they sometimes don't even know what it is!), they simply tell you that the missions they were involved in were so highly classified that you will never see anything about them in their files.

In other words-it sounds like this guy is probably full of it.
 
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