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Last Vietnam-era draftee to retire
« on: July 03, 2011, 09:57:59 PM »
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Last Vietnam-era draftee to retire

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — A homemade wind chime with the word "Whining" under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his leg after a parachute accident. Every Sunday he trims his crew cut. He didn't join the Army willingly, but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he's grateful he found his calling.

Mellinger was drafted to fight the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he's the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home.
Associated Press

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