An Emotional Deployment

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* By Peter Jones Centennial Citizen *

Kat Larson recently stood with several Vietnam War veterans on the site of what was once Camp Evans, an installation that served as a base camp during the war.

“They’d see these places as battlefields, and as they talked about their experiences, you could tell in their eyes and their emotions that they were going back there,” the 22-year-old college student recalled.

All Larson could see were passers-by going to their jobs — workers oblivious to the timeless emotions being felt at that moment by the aging American soldiers who were standing in their midst.

The former Camp Evans is one of many sites that still hold complicated memories for the former military who served in the war that killed 58,000 Americans.

For Larson, it was like being in two places — or two time periods — at once.

“Here I am seeing these children ride their bikes on their way to school,” she said. “That’s what I saw. But we’re all standing in the same exact place.”

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