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Marine 2nd Lt. William H. Hardwick was a forward observer during the Vietnam War who fought alongside rifle companies and lived like a soldier for most of his thirteen-month tour.
Hardwick performed all the duties soldiers are expected to: walking point, springing ambushes, capturing prisoners, and spending months in the bush surrounded by NVA troops. At times the attacking enemy was so close, Hardwick had to call in air strikes almost on top of the Marines themselves just so they could survive. William Hardwick volunteered to fight as one of the few, the proud, the Marines.