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The Youngest American Killed in the Vietnam War

Dan Bullock wanted to become a firefighter or a policeman when he grew up. His father said he needed to get an education. Dan believed joining the military would get him an education quicker than school. So he enlisted in the Marines -at age 14.

An article on the front page of The New York Times in 1969 explained: “Dan Bullock was born Dec. 21, 1953. When he enlisted in the Marines last Sept. 18, he was 14. Pentagon officials said his birth certificate had been adjusted to show the year as 1949 so that he could pass for 18.”

As his younger sister Gloria Bullock put it recently, her voice flat with the interceding 50 years, “He was a kid.”

Bullock shipped out to Vietnam when he was 15, and was in country only a few weeks when he was killed. Read the story of Dan Bullock at the New York Times.  -via Damn Interesting


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