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Vietnam veterans will have reunion

Members of the Army's 2nd Battalion, 9th Field Artillery that served together during the Vietnam War between 1963 and 1972 will be reuniting for a reunion in Lawton.

Retired Lt. Col. Jerry Orr is the reunion's organizer.

"I was there from '68 to '69 during the Tet Offensive. We were in the central highlands of the A Sau Valley. That was a pretty hot place. We provided artillery support to the 4th Infantry Division. We were shooting every day. We were right on the Cambodian border," Orr said. "These guys were really special to me. These guys were the ones of the guns everyday."

This will be the fourth reunion of the group that Orr has organized.

"I have about 30 to 35 that are coming in. We are getting a little thin in the ranks," Orr said. "But this will probably be our last one, because I'm out of gas."

The reunion will begin with a welcome dinner on May 9, followed by a trip to Fort Sill where the group will observe tests of new artillery before meeting for lunch in the dining hall. The next day the group will take a tour of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, with a lunch in Medicine Park. On the final day they will meet up with the 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry to attend a graduation ceremony on Fort Sill. The reunion will wrap with a question-and-answer session in which the veterans will answer questions from new recruits.

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