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By James P. Petersen

this is often the tale of Colonel Peter “Pistol Pete” Petersen. Coming from a humble history, and drafted in the course of the Korean warfare, he rose from deepest to an entire colonel within the U.S. military. His tale is one in all grit and backbone. within the early chilly conflict, he served within the 82nd Airborne department and graduated from the elite U.S. military Ranger college. In 1962, as a captain within the fifth exact Forces crew, he used to be deployed to Vietnam. His project used to be to assist determine eco-friendly Beret operational bases and paintings with neighborhood tribes, similar to the Montagnards, to forestall the circulate of communist infantrymen and kit from the Ho Chi Minh path. In 1968, simply months after the big Tet Offensive, he back to Vietnam as an infantry battalion commander prime 814 males within the seriously contested Mekong Delta. For his activities in Vietnam, Colonel Petersen was once presented the Silver megastar with Oak Leaf Cluster (received twice), Legion of advantage, distinct Flying move, Bronze megastar with “V” gadget (Valor), Air Medal with “V” gadget with sixteen Oak Leaf Clusters, and armed forces Commendation with “V” Device.

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