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Vietnam War: Leaders
President Kennedy Press Conference on Southeast Asia
President Kennedy stands at a podium next to a large map of Vietnam showing the areas held by communist rebels.
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Navy medic Raymond Torres joined the Navy to attend medical school and was assigned to a Marine Corps company. While tending to wounded Marines during the Khe Sanh battle, Torres was critically injured when a grenade exploded near him.
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