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Vets Attend Special Dedication at Miramar National Cemetery

By Mark Heaslet
|  Sunday, Aug 4, 2013  |  Updated 11:31 AM PDT
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The guest speaker was retired Army Colonel Roger Donlon, the first U.S. soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during Vietnam.

The guest speaker was retired Army Colonel Roger Donlon, the first U.S. soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during Vietnam.

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Jewish war veterans, Navy nurses, Army special forces and the Marine Corps Chosen Few dedicated monuments at Miramar National Cemetery Saturday.

The ceremony took place in the cemetery's Memorial Walk area.

The guest speaker was retired Army Colonel Roger Donlon, the first U.S. soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during Vietnam.

He came with one mission.

"To pass on to the next generation the sense of service and commitment to service to protect our way of life as generations before us have done,” Donlon said. “Now it's our turn to pass the baton to the next generation."

Donlon was presented the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson for his leadership during an attack at his outpost in Vietnam in 1964.

The cemetery opened two years ago.

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