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Vietnam veteran, Ken Leas

November 13, 2013

Ken Leas, Vietnam veteran from Slayton 
 MURRAY COUNTY NEWS PHOTO
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Ken Leas, Vietnam veteran from Slayton
service important throughout years
By Becky Hudson Murray County News Staffwriter

It was the Navy or Air Force that young Ken Leas had in mind when he went to the recruiting station in Duluth to enlist in military service.  The year was 1968 and Leas, with two years of college behind him and an undecided future ahead, made the decision to enlist, knowing in the back of his mind that he could likely be drafted into service and sent for duty in the Vietnam War.     

As fate would decree, both the Navy and Air Force recruiters were on lunch break at the time, leaving a Marine Corps recruiter solely on duty.  Leas recalled the officer’s words vividly because they led to his enlistment in the Marine Corps: “You mean to tell me your mother had enough guts to be in the Marine Corps and you don’t?” the man asked.  “And I went for the bait like a big guppy,” Leas remembers.  Both his parents had served as Marines during World War II, with his mother being one of the first original female Marines.

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