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Joe Sansosti And The Little-Known Battle of Dai Do - Brevard nC


November 5, 2018

Joe Sansosti (right) is pictured with two other Marines Vietnam veterans awaiting boarding for Blue Ridge Honor Flight, Oct. 6, 2018. (Below) The moniker of "The Magnificent Bastards" was first used by the incoming battalion commander, Lt.Col. Joseph R. (Bull) Fisher, on 4 June, 1964. On Sept. 24, 1966, Battalion Order No. 5600.1B, officially added (by legal order) the lower pennant with the nickname the "Magnificent Bastards." (Courtesy photos)

Public attitudes toward Joe Sansosti and his fellow Marines have changed significantly over the past 50 years.

When Sansosti arrived in San Francisco in 1968, just two days before Christmas, he and other returning war veterans almost despaired of getting a final flight home. Hundreds of students mingled with the soldiers, vying for stand-by seats. Nobody was willing to give up a seat to a Vietnam War veteran who had just spent 18 hours on a flight home from Saigon. Fifty years later, on Oct. 6, 2018, Sansosti and fellow Vietnam veterans were honored with a flight to Washington D.C. to...

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