The Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated this day, Nov. 13, 1982, honoring the 58,000 American troops who died. In 1966, Marine Sgt. George Hutchings of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Division, Charlie Company, had over 200 men killed around him during an ambush by the Viet Cong. Months later, after numerous battles, he was shot three times, bayoneted and left for dead, for which he received the Purple Heart. Of the Vietnam Memorial, George Hutchings said: “On that wall is the name of Cpl. Quinton Bice, who was hit in the chest with a rocket running a patrol in my place. A Christian, he had shared the Gospel with me, but I didn’t understand it till he gave his life in my place.”

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