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By Betty Vanderwielen
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Williams led charmed life during Vietnam

Veteran Spotlight

 

December 10, 2020

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For the first three months of his Vietnam tour of duty, Mike Williams served as door gunner.

CONDON – When Mike Williams was two years old, his family moved to Condon and his father went to work at the sawmill at Gordon Ranch. Mike attended grade school in Seeley Lake, high school in Missoula and two years of college at Bozeman. When he dropped out of Montana State University, things started moving fast.

Williams said, "We had an early Thanksgiving dinner and somebody went out to get the mail. While I was eating Thanksgiving dinner, I opened my draft notice!"

It was 1967, a time of major troop build-up in Vietnam. Williams preempted the draft by enlisting in the Army. It meant th...



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