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Vietnam Veterans: USMC Tunnel Rat Urges PTSD Victims To Seek Help


Last updated 12/31/2018 at 10:03am

Trimnal and his beloved therapy dog, Penny.

Building tunnels and forts with his friends in the swamps near Georgetown, S.C., offered young Earl "Flynn" Trimnal excellent conditioning for the job he would someday assume in Vietnam – that of a "tunnel rat."

"From the time I was about 6 years old, I wanted to join the Marine Corps," Trimnal said. "My dad was in the Navy at Utah Beach in Normandy and I grew up wanting to serve my country. For three years, beginning in ninth grade, I worked after school, earning money to pay for summer school classes so I could graduate early. I wanted to get to Vietnam to help my country."

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