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Decades after the conflict, acceptance and reconciliation

People prepare for a jet ski parachute ride on Danang beach, high rises can be seen in the background. (Photo by Michael Sullivan)

DANANG, Vietnam -- The first U.S. combat troops landed in Vietnam 50 years ago on the morning of March 8. The 2,000-plus members of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade were tasked with defending the military airport about six kilometers inland. Nguyen Tien, 73, who was with the Viet Cong forces at the time, says it took the Americans almost the entire day to bring their forces ashore.

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