August 15, 2022

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‘I Finally Got It’ – CBS Denver

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ERIE, Colo. (CBS4) – Nearly 60 years after leaving Erie High School to serve in the Marines during the Vietnam War, veteran Ron Cardenas was finally given the graduation ceremony he earned in the 1960s. Cardenas, now 75, dropped out of high school in the 1960s in pursuit of service to his country. However, the Purple Heart recipient was never given a diploma.

“That first couple weeks (in the Marines) was hell. I wondered, ‘What the hell did I get into?’” Cardenas told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas.

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Cardenas said he was in Vietnam when he turned 19 and at one point found himself caught in the middle of a battle with the enemy. He recalled being nearly completely surrounded by enemy fire. Most of his fellow soldiers were unable to escape on their own feet. As he retreated…

CBS Denver

2022-04-01 23:03:39

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