U.S. Marine Corps 1968–1972

Fascinated by the Marines as a young boy, Warren Griffin fulfilled his commitment to help with the war by joining the Corps in August 1968 after the Tet Offensive. Describing his “little bit of hell” in basic training, his deployment to Vietnam was delayed as he was sent to jungle training and language school. Warren went as part of the ANGLICO unit of Marines to support the South Vietnamese Army as a forward Naval gunfire observer. With humor and clarity he tells of being sent to Dong Ha near the DMZ, and then of his 10 months in the Mekong Delta with the 21st RVN Division. He speaks of the unrest at home during 1969-1970 and the racial turmoil in Vietnam after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Warren’s commitment to his country continues today, volunteering with veterans’ organizations and helping the returning vets receive the assistance they need after combat duty.


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