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Vietnam vets honored in Saratoga for ‘unpopular’ service

Event marks 50 years since U.S. became involved

Vietnam veterans Bob Semp of Altamont, left, and Jack Clancy of Albany listen to speeches Friday during a ceremony in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs marking the 50th anniversary of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
Vietnam veterans Bob Semp of Altamont, left, and Jack Clancy of Albany listen to speeches Friday during a ceremony in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs marking the 50th anniversary of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
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Joe Savoie’s voice trembled as his memory drifted into the hellish year he spent stationed in An Khe between June 1969 and June 1970. The 66-year-old Colonie veteran traded time between an ammunition dump and an explosive ordinance disposal unit with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Then only three years out of high school, he was forced to grow up fast; there wasn’t any other choice amid ...


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