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Updated: 04/14/2014 08:00:00AM

Freeman remembers Tet Offensive in 1969

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SUN PHOTO BY DON MOORE
Jack Freeman at 65, at home in Port Charlotte.

By DON MOORE

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Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte recalls most vividly from his year-long deployment to Vietnam.

Some 80,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Vietcong (VC) troops struck all of the U.S. and South Vietnamese military centers in a surprise attack throughout the south, beginning on Jan. 30, 1969. By the time it was over two months later, the North Vietnamese had lost thousands of soldiers killed and wounded. U.S. losses weren’t nearly as costly, but it was a psychological disaster for the Americans that eventually cost them the war.

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