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Recognizing veterans on the anniversary of the fall of Saigon

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KERENS–Jack Perritt, a Marine Corps Sgt, who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 recalls his first impressions of Vietnam were the smells, heat and humidity.
He characterized his first fire fight as so intense, “it sounded like angry bees going over our head. I thought like so many other young men that this was going to be our great moment in history,” said Perritt.
Perritt, first came to Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, volunteered for a second tour because he felt, “it seemed the people who believed in this country and had the same feelings I had about it were the ones I’d left over there.”
Perritt said his decision to make a second tour hurt his parents.
“It’s incumbent upon those of us who came home to live a life as well as we can, and give something back to humanity,” he said.
Perritt who now lives in Kerens says he still remembers the resplendent faces of those who fought alongside him.
After his second tour, Jack returned to Texas and continued to serve, retiring after 30 years with the Dallas Police Force.
We at The Monitor and Lake Area Leader would like to say thank you and extend a welcome home to all veterans who are still processing their experiences.