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By James P. Petersen

this is often the tale of Colonel Peter “Pistol Pete” Petersen. Coming from a humble heritage, and drafted throughout the Korean warfare, he rose from inner most to an entire colonel within the U.S. military. His tale is considered one of grit and backbone. within the early chilly struggle, 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 detailed Forces crew, he was once deployed to Vietnam. His challenge used to be to aid determine eco-friendly Beret operational bases and paintings with neighborhood tribes, corresponding to the Montagnards, to forestall the circulation 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 major 814 males within the seriously contested Mekong Delta. For his activities in Vietnam, Colonel Petersen used to be provided the Silver famous person with Oak Leaf Cluster (received twice), Legion of benefit, wonderful Flying go, Bronze big name with “V” gadget (Valor), Air Medal with “V” equipment with sixteen Oak Leaf Clusters, and military Commendation with “V” Device.

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