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Surviving a nightmarish battle in Vietnam

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Evergreen veteran featured on Military Channel's 'Ultimate Warfare' series

By Sandy Barnes

Retired Marine and Evergreen resident Bill Purcell was barely 20 years old when he was thrust into one of the bloodiest conflicts in Vietnam. As a member of a gun squad in the third platoon of Alpha Company in the First Battalion in 1968, Purcell and other Marines battled the North Vietnamese army in the City of Hue.

Purcell tells the story of his platoon’s struggle to take back the ancient imperial capital from the North Vietnamese in an episode of the Military Channel’s “Ultimate Warfare” that aired on Feb. 26.


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