An American Marine in Con Thien, Vietnam - Interview

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1967 Lance Corporal Buddy Mann from De Valls Bluff, Arkansas talks about his experience in Con Thien, Vietnam. (Tiếng Việt: Cồn Tiên, meaning the "Hill of Angels")

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Yes, he was killed soon after this interview. This was my dad...I so wish that I could have known him.

Author — Janet Mann-Stewart

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He just wanted to go home, I know that feeling. Rest in peace brother.

Author — Aleksandr Kravchenko

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We were the bait. Sitting ducks. I went back to ConThien (Hill of Angels) in 2010. I Said a prayer and cried for everyone who died. May all of those who died rest in peace.

Author — Randy Holy-Day

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That is one of the saddest interviews I have ever seen or heard. The fear and trepidation in his voice is palpable. RIP you brave young man.

Author — eamonosiadhial

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Dang. You can quickly tell by his demeanor that he was a genuine kind hearted man. It breaks my heart he left this world without meeting his daughter, so many of them lost their lives for nothing.

This one is for you, Buddy. May your light continue to shine.

Author — J. Blackwood

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I was there (Con Thien) with Kilo 413 155mm  as 2531 radio operator 1967

Author — Buddy Love

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This makes me feel very sad. This man was a perfectly healthy person with lots of potential and his life was robbed from him during that awful war. So many other young men with the same potential were also wiped out and absolutely nothing was accomplished from this and it gives me chills to think how long these guys have been dead for. This was about 50 years ago and look what these guys missed. They missed the 70's the 80's and the rest of time after that and didn't get to see all the advancements in the world all the technology that was created. This man never saw his wife again and didn't get to see his daughter grow up. He should have lived and he would probably be in his early 70's today just living life. It is so tragic.

Author — earlthomas

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Easy to tell this was a decent and honorable young man. Just tears your guts out.

Author — tj36 b

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To everyone who said that he died remember this. He didn’t want to be there. No one did. He was sent to do a job and he did it and when you’re in war you’re not fighting for a cause. You’re fighting for the man right next to you.

Author — Frank McGarry

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"whats her name?"
"janet ellen"
ive never experienced emotions this hard

Author — long chin man

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He seems like such a decent man. So sorry for his loss.

Author — Slade Lerch

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Ok - so he died 1967 in December short after this interview. And his daughter is here below Janet Stewart

Author — Mr John

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Every time I watch this interview it breaks my heart. I served in Iraq and i can see the want to go home in his eyes like I had. God bless his daughter.

Author — Chronic Military Collector

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you can really hear how scared he is behind the smile

Author — BigSmoke

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It makes it really sad to know that he died just not much later after this interview. RIP Marine. Another unnecessary victim by the fucking government which sleeps every night safe in their own beds.

Author — Flying Dutchman

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Seems like a great guy. I was sad to read that he was killed. I served in the military, and you get a sense of the kind of guys who will have your back and those who won't. Mr. Mann strikes me as the first. God bless you sir. You sacrificed so others didn't have to. You are a true hero. 

Author — Tim Nolan

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I'm a father and I teared up watching this, then I saw Janet Mann-Stewarts' comments. Its' usually parents losing children that makes me tear up but this made me teary for grown up children. I want to wake my daughter up to hug her. I'm going to hug her so much in the morning that she will think I have lost my mind and in a sense I have. We have to make sure this never happens again.

Author — 1drkstr

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I did some research and he died in December which was a month after this was filmed. Very sad. I found out he was only 20 years old too... Now days, most 20 yr olds are really immature and so hearing that he already had a family back home really surprised me. I guess it was a different world back then...

Author — ivory jx

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Con Thein, my first combat when I came in country. Third Battalion Ninth Marines, 1968 to 1969. Unhappily dying are what Marines do, living is the hard part. Semper Fi brothers.

Author — dave jacobsen

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one of the greatest and saddest shout outs ever. I'm glad he got to send a message home. RIP Buddy Mann. God bless all you Vets.

Author — duder mcdude