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Oregon Veterans Association Vice President Bill Adams shares his Vietnam experience to help encourage people to support the Vietnam War Memorial in Oregon’s State Capitol.
Like two-thirds of the men who served in Vietnam, William “Bill” Adams volunteered. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 30 August 1966 and started boot camp 18 October 1966 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, California. Bill was selected for Marine Corp Officer training out of Boot Camp along with one other Marine recruit, but declined due to the time it would have taken to complete OCS as his enlistment was for two years. He completed ITR infantry training in March 1967, and received orders to Vietnam, where he served as an 0311 Rifleman and later 0331 Machine Gunner. Continue reading