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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


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.


Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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