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Updated: 03/09/2014 05:02:06PM

Vietnam volunteer earned a Silver Star

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Pvt. Geoffrey Morris is pictured near his Huey Medavac helicopter at Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in March 1971. He was awarded a Silver Star for heroism while serving as a medic aboard one of these life-saving choppers in 'Nam.

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Venice attorney Geoffrey Morris, 67, at his law office today.

By DON MOORE

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Geoffrey Morris of Venice was a conscientious objector who volunteered to become a medic with the 237th Medical Detachment. He flew out of Quang Tri, Vietnam, in 1970-71 aboard a DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Dustoff helicopter, rescuing wounded soldiers and taking them to the 18th Surgical Hospital for emergency treatment.

“Our unit was small, approximately 32 members and five helicopters. The casualty rate was very high — 14 men were killed and another three or four were sent home early with disabling injuries,” Morris, 67, wrote years later. “In all candor, it was very dangerous work as we were expected to fly into hostile landing zones, in horrible weather, in remote areas with no gunship cover, with constant fear that you might be the next casualty.”

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