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Updated: 01/06/2014 08:00:01AM

Pfc. Ron Heurlin was shot 3 times in Vietnam

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Ron Heurlin is pictured in a hospital bed in Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass., after being wounded three times in the chest, neck and shoulder during a firefight in Vietnam in 1966.

SUN PHOTO BY DON MOORE
Ron Heurlin today at 66, at his home in Punta Gorda Isles. He's holding a shadowbox that contains two Purple Heart medals, a Combat Infantryman's Badge, a National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnamese Campaign Medal he received for serving in the Vietnam War.

By DON MOORE

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In January 1966, Private 1st Class Ron Heurlin flew into Tan Son Nhat Airbase in Saigon, Vietnam. He was a member of Company B, 28th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, known as the “Black Lions.”

“I signed up to be a ‘ground pounder’ in the ‘Big Red One,’” the 66-year-old Punta Gorda Isles resident said with a smile. “I was born in Lynn, Mass., and went to war when I was 18 years old.

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