2/5 Under Fire

“I grabbed my rifle and opened up on them [enemy soldiers]. … And that was the first time I had killed anybody and knew for a fact that I had killed anyone. … I was almost sick to my stomach, to be honest with you. But I realized, I’ve got 30 guys here and … I am in command and you kind of suck it up. …”

James Charles King, U.S. Army, Vietnam War

War is destructive. Experiencing combat forever changes the men and women who survive. These are stories of individuals who saw the very best and the very worst of humanity.

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