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Vietnam veteran Richard Jenkins receives a purple heart for his heroics during an explosion in the jungles of Vietnam in 1965. (Submitted photo)

Newport vet finds new purpose decades after war

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It has been nearly five decades since Richard Jenkins left the war torn jungles of Vietnam. As a young man drafted into a war where one out of every seven soldiers was African American, fighting for his country was both his duty and an opportunity to prove himself.


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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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