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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Five years ago, March 29 was designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day to mark the withdrawal of combat and combat support units from South Vietnam in 1973.

Our Army honors all U.S. veterans who served dutifully in the U.S. Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, in every location. We want to highlight the service of the nine million who served, of which nearly three million were in country. We want to also recognize the science, technology and medical advances made, as well as the contributions of our allies.

At Fort Leonard Wood, we are grateful for the many community members, civilian employees, retirees and family members who served in Vietnam, and we thank them and their families for their service and sacrifice. We honor their selfless service and distinctly recognize all former prisoners of war and their families; families of those missing in action; and the families of the more than 58,000 service members killed in action.

Please join us in taking the time to extend a listening ear, a generous heart and a thankful handshake to those who put their personal goals and comforts on hold to serve our nation during the Vietnam War.

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