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Updated: 03/10/2014 08:00:01AM

Beyer was attached to 3rd Armored Division

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Former Cpl. Al Beyer of Port Charlotte ended up protecting Europe and the rest of the NATO countries from the Soviet troops along the German-Russian border in 1968 instead of going to Vietnam during the war. He served in a mechanized infantry unit attached to the 3rd Armored Division stationed during the Cold War at the Fulda Gap near Gelnhausen, Germany.

“I was one of 13 guys in our company who didn’t go to Vietnam. I was sent to Germany and ended up along the Russian border watching the Soviets. I left for Europe five days before Christmas 1967 and didn’t return until October 1969,” the 67-year old said.

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