Vietnam veteran, 53, called to active duty
PLEASANT UNITY, Pa. - More than three decades after he was last in combat, a Vietnam veteran has been called to active duty in Iraq.
Paul Dunlap, 53, of Pleasant Unity, will leave for Fort Bliss, Texas, on Monday after being called up as part of Operation Dragoon.
Dunlap, a first sergeant in the Army National Guard Company C 28th Signal Battalion out of Torrance, Westmoreland County, hasn't been in combat since he was a 19-year-old Marine and served 11 months in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971.
"I'm thinking I'm going to be away for at least a year from my family and my grandchildren (and) friends," Dunlap told the Tribune-Review of Greensburg in a story published Wednesday. "I'm thinking it's been a long time since I've been in war."
Dunlap, a machinist, found out about his call-up at work in November.
Dunlap will spend about two weeks at Fort Bliss before linking with the 1st-103rd Armor in Kuwait. He is a signal systems specialist and his unit will likely handle radio retransmissions and fix equipment.
He will leave behind his wife, Mary Dunlap, four children and three grandchildren.
Wednesday, November 24
Still Doubt the Draft is Imminent?
They're calling up Vietnam veterans. VIETNAM VETS. Eventually, they'll run out of them. Who do you think is next?
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 10:08 PM