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He spent just two years in the service, but it was an action-packed time that earned him three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He spent just two years in the service, but it was an action-packed time that earned him three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He's rappelled down a dam, jumped out of a plane and been to Panama and the Persian Gulf. To say that it was exciting would be an understatement.

Ray Pragluski was in Cambodia before President Richard Nixon officially sent the troops there on April 28, 1960.

He spent just two years in the service, but it was an action-packed time that earned him three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Deploying to Kuwait in January 2003, he arrived in time to witness the first stage of the Iraq War. “Some of it was quite gruesome and still keeps me up at night.”

He got his gold naval jump wings for learning to jump in all kinds of conditions, including at night and over water.

Hewitt resident Ben Dever spent months recovering from a helicopter accident in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. It didn’t deter him from continuing with his service.

In Vietnam, Forward Air Controllers (FAC) had the dangerous job of searching for the enemy and calling in air strikes. That means they were am…

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