Navy Veteran’s service etches memories of survival, compassion from Vietnam War

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By Lauren Brant

He stood on the flight deck off the coast of Vietnam and gazed at a horizon lit up with bombs exploding. His brother Gloyd, who was serving in the Marines, was inland as those bombs were going off over his head. That was the scariest memory Navy Culinary Specialist Richard McKay experienced during his service in the Vietnam War.

In March of 1969, McKay received draft papers from the U.S. Army to serve in the Vietnam War. Prior to receiving the letter, McKay spoke with a Navy

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