USMC — 1st Platoon, K Company, Class 5-67 The “Lucky Ones”

The Basic Officer Course graduation picture for 1st Platoon, K Company, Class 5-67. (U.S. Marine Corps) . Barents, top row, fourth from left. Chaconas, bottom row, third from left. Callanan, top row, second from right.

Paul and Kathryn Barents (Left), George Chaconas (Center), Jack Callanan, Members of 5-67

The complete Washington Post story can photos can be found here.

As pointed out in the fine Post piece, the young Marine Officers who graduated from Class of 5-67 went off to face some of the fiercest fighting the Vietnam War had to offer. The years 1967 and 1968 saw 28,300 Americans killed — nearly half of the 58,000+ names on The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

This week — May 3rd through May 6th — those who survived the war and those still able to travel, will hold a reunion. Welcome Home, Brothers, and Sisters! Semper Fi!

Thanks to Rich Roan for bringing this to our attention!

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