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Freedom Fighters: George Hamilton

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George Hamilton was a college football star with lucrative pro offers when he was drafted and sent to Vietnam.

The year was 1966, and Hamilton was a star defensive cornerback on the University of Houston's Cougar football team. A professional career was just around the corner and that's what he'd dreamed of since he was a child.

But instead of football stadiums, Hamilton was drafted and sent to the jungles of Vietnam. 

"It hit me kind of hard. I didn't know very much about the Vietnam War, that wasn't what I was interested in," he said.

But Hamilton answered his country's call,and as a member of the 173rd Airborne Westmoreland Raiders, and was soon in the thick of battle.

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