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Vietnam Veterans Reunite Years After Serving

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A group of soldiers is reuniting this weekend decades after they fought together in the Vietnam War. 45 veterans, along with their families are in Fargo for the gathering.

All the Vietnam Veterans are part of the 101st airborne in the B company of 2/501 infantry. They served between 1967-1972. Organizer, Chuck German of Ludden, North Dakota, says many of the men did not serve with each other, but have become friends through the these reunions.

"These are combat veterans and they've seen the stuff," German says as he describes his fellow veterans.

Some of the soldiers from the company drove, and some flew in for the occasion to swap stories over dinners and take part in group activities.

On Thursday night, they had a tour of the Fargo Air Museum, which brought on a flood of emotions.

"One of the fellows came up to me and walked up to the huey, which was our mode of transportation in Vietnam," German explains.  "He said he just melted, he said it was very emotional to see the huey. He wants to do a group photo in front of the huey before we leave."

Chuck says the veterans consider each other family.  The group has been meeting since the 90's all across the country.  They meet every two years, in the past they've gathered in Kansas City, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Michigan, just to name a few.
 
German says it's rewarding to get new Veterans signed up who have never been to a reunion in years past, saying, "Once they come to one, they're hooked."
 
He volunteered to host this year's reunion in Fargo, and German says some of the men said "What's there to do in Fargo?" He responded with,  "You'll be pleasantly surprised."
 
The group is touring the Hjemkomst Center, Bonanzaville, The Fargo Theater, and the helicopter battalion at the Fargo Air Museum.

Organizer Chuck German says the gathering has been a great success, and he gives many thanks to his wife, friends, family, and the community for their generous support.

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