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Freedom Fighters: George Putnam

George Putnam joined the Marine Corps in 1966 at the age of seventeen.

As he puts it, he "was to grow up fast" on the battlefields of Vietnam. Putnam, a machine gunner platoon leader, was wounded twice.  He was wounded the second time more seriously, in August of '67 and sent home.  

Back in America, he was wounded in a way that has never healed, as anti-war demonstrators called him a "baby killer" and spat on him.

In spite of physical and emotional pain, Putnam says fighting in the Marines was one of  "the greatest things he's ever done."

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