Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hill 861 Vietnam Veteran Talks About Surviving Worst Day

Vietnam Veteran Larry Hester tells the story of fighting on Hill 861
ABC News Channel 9
Josh Roe
July 5, 2017
WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — The walls in Larry Hester's office will tell you a lot about the man. A plaque hangs behind his desk that reads Walker County Veteran of the year 2007. It's right next to his 2014 Charles Coolidge veteran of the year.
There's a shadow box with a Purple Heart, and many other decorations from eleven months, and twenty days in country in Vietnam. These things that hang on these walls tell a story, but it's not the whole story.

"Easter Sunday is the worst day of my life," Vietnam Veteran Larry Hester said.

It was Easter 1967. The fighting there has been called the First Battle of Khe Sanh or the Hill Fights. Larry Hester was with the 9th Marines.
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