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Updated: 10/21/2017 05:56:59PM

Barracks ship took part in Tet firefight

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Cpl. Leo Scaruffi of Port Charlotte in Hof, Bavaria, at the close of World War II. He was a member of the U.S. Constabulary force that helped reestablish civilian government in Germany after the war.

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What’s left of a damaged picture showing three Russian soldiers at a USO party in the American Sector. More than 70 years after the party, Leo Scaruffi vividly recalls the Russians weren’t very friendly.

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Leo Scaruffi, 90, holds a shadow box of World War II medals, shoulder patches, and dog tags from his time in the service. He received the World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), American Theater Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal.

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Michael Kelley sailed for South Vietnam aboard the self-propelled barracks ship USS Nueces (APB-40) in 1968.

He was the night baker aboard the strange craft that anchored at Vung Tau, near the Mekong River approach to Saigon from the south.

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