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Vietnam Veteran Series: Lillard Oversaw Choppers From Okinawa's Deck


December 17, 2018

Lillard (right) helicoptered to Danang on his way to the communications center.

By Michel Robertson

The Vietnam War was in full force in the winter of 1964 when New Jersey natives Peter "Pete" Lillard and his best friend, seniors at Wake Forest University, decided to enlist in the Navy.

"We were getting our degrees in May and we didn't want to be drafted," Lillard said. "So, we enlisted in the Navy. My friend was hesitant, but later he thanked me profusely, saying that I probably saved his life."

The two young men attended OCS (Officer Candidate School) in Newport, R.I., and were commissioned as ensigns in November 1965. They then attended Communications School, ad...

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