Veterans reunited at McNary event

By TYLER KEHRET Special to the Keizertimes Forty-two years ago two young men were fighting for their country in the jungles of Vietnam. On Nov. 9 these two men met once again at McNary High School during the school’s Veteran’s Day celebration. Living History Day at McNary honors the armed forces veterans. The veterans are honored at an assembly and visit classes and tell their story. Melvin McKinnon came to McNary on Living History Day to share his experiences in the Vietnam War. He brought along a photograph of his unit. Another veteran in attendance, William Pyle, noticed a familiar face in the photograph: his own. The two had not seen each other since 1969, and had no idea they were living nearby. “We met in 1969 when he was helping us pull out of a mission, we were in a deep firefight, Mel came in and helped us out,” said Pyle. William Pyle was in the U.S Army located in south-east Asia. Pyle went through a lot of training to enter the war. “I had basic training, Airborne training, Ranger training, and Q course,” Pyle said. Pyle was not a very big person back then. “When we were parachuting, the weight of the chute was about 80 pounds, the gear I had to carry was 50 pounds, and I weighed only 130 pounds. It took several men to...

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