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Bill Lund, a seasonal resident of Breezy Point, fought in Ia Drang, the first major battle of the Vietnam War in 1965. The battle is depicted in the 2002 film "We Were Soldiers," based upon an earlier book on the subject. Lund said the book "in a sense saved (his) life." Photo by Chelsey Perkins

Bill Lund was a soldier once ... and young

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Nearly 50 years ago, a collection of young Americans, many of whom had never heard of the mountainous jungle locale where they were sent, fought a ferocious battle that marked the beginning of 10 years of war in Vietnam.

Bill Lund was one of them.

"It's kind of like it was yesterday, but it's also like it was 50 years ago," Lund said.

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