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Vietnam War: Leaders
Creighton Abrams with Samuel Berger
General Creighton Abrams stands with U.S. Deputy Ambassador Samuel D. Berger during the ceremony to turn over 80 U.S. Navy river patrol boats to the South Vietnamese Navy.
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