Personal military experience offers perspective; Vietnam veteran wonders if the U.S. has learned from its past

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Tom Goodwin in the mid-1960s after he enlisted in the Marines

Tom Goodwin in the mid-1960s after he enlisted in the Marines

Apple Valley resident and Vietnam War veteran Tom Goodwin said the world was a different place when he enlisted in the Marines 50 years ago.

At the time, U.S. leaders considered the spread of Communism from the Soviet Union and China as the greatest threat to future generations.

When he was a high school student in Beloit, Wisconsin, Goodwin and his classmates were part of “duck-and-cover” drills when students would be instructed to crouch under their desks in preparation for a possible nuclear attack.

“We laughed about it,” Goodwin said. “We knew that if a bomb hit, a desk wouldn’t save us.”

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