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A different war--Naval Seabee recalls his three tours in Vietnam building schools, wells and roads

U.S. Navy
Ken Vogel in the field in Vietnam

U.S. Navy Commander (Ret.) Ken Vogel recalls his three tours of duty in Vietnam as a leader of a Seabee construction battalion. A component of the war in Vietnam that rarely made the evening news was the de-pacification program, sometime referred to as winning hearts and minds.

Vogel’s fondest memory of his time in Vietnam evolves around building a schoolhouse. Join Vogel as he revisits his journey from Naval Base Ventura County—Point Mugu/Port Hueneme to Vietnam and back.

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