By Kristina Beverly, Cal State Fullerton
When Joseph Velasquez joined the U.S. Navy on April 23, 1968, he received a card that asked where he would want to go if he were deployed.
He could have picked anywhere, but he wanted to be where the action was. Velasquez wanted to go to Vietnam.
"People would ask, 'Why do you want to go there?' Velasquez said. "But it would be like going to a wedding and not seeing the groom. I didn’t want to miss the action."