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Vietnam Veterans: James Boatwright Supported Fellow Marines


Last updated 6/4/2018 at 5:12pm

When asked about his tour in Vietnam, Purvis James Boatwright Jr. responds with a mixture of enthusiasm and regret. During the war, Boatwright was a captain in the Marine Corps, serving as a radar intercept operator (RIO) on the F-4 Phantom, a long-range supersonic interceptor aircraft and fighter bomber. His joy of flying conflicts with survivor’s guilt, a condition common among those who have served in combat.

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Boatwright graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. in 1965. Knowing he would soon be drafted, Boat-wright joined the U.S. Marin...

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