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Greg John Kleven


Born in 1948 in Oakland, California. Went to Marine Corps boot camp in July 1966. Went by ship to Da Nang and arrived 0n December 27. Reported to First Force Recon Company at Camp Reasoner at the base of Hill 327. Was wounded on October 17, 1967 and evacuated on October 19, 1967. Was sent to hospital at Cam Ranh Bay and then sent to Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland in November 1967. I was then medically discharged in April 1968 with 60% disability. Went to university and graduated in 1972. Got married in 1973 ad had a son in 1978. We had a daughter born in 1980 who died in 1981 from a genetic disorder called Trisomy 18 that the doctors said was caused by my exposure to Agent Orange. In 1982 we had another son who was born with no problems. I had lots of problems with PTSD. I self-medicated with alcohol and opiates. In 1988 I went back to Viet Nam for a three week tour with other vets from VVA Chapter 34 in Akron Ohio. From 1989 to 1991 I helped lead tours to Viet Nam with VVA Chapter 34. In1 992 I started to live and teach English In Viet Nam. I would come back to California for a few weeks every year to see my family. I am still teaching English at my apartment now. I don't teach at schools or companies any more. My problems with PTSD have almost completely stopped. I don't have any plans to return to America to live. I think that if I didn't come back to Viet Nam I would have died from alcohol and opiate abuse.

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