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"I mean, it was 15 miles, only just five minutes at the most, and it felt like five years." (Interview transcript)

   Walter Edward Washington
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Walter Washington [detail from video]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 1st Marine Division; Fleet Marine Force (FMF)
Service Location: Iwakuni, Japan; Bien Hoa, Vietnam; Coronado, Colorado; Santa Ana, California; Seattle, Washington
Rank: E-6
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For Walter Washington, serving with the Marine Corps Air Combat Intelligence provided him with a different experience than many had in country: his day-to-day routine involved high level intelligence photography and reports, rather than combat patrol missions. As well, at 24, he was much older than many of the 18- and 19-year-old soldiers on base. As he explains in his interview, interacting with his younger comrades taught him "command presence" and leadership skills that he would put to good use in his life after Vietnam.

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