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Charles Smith, a retired U.S. Army sergeant who served four tours in the Vietnam War, shows the leather vest he’ll be wearing in Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade. His wife, Linda, stands by his side. The vest has a number of patches that identify him as a Vietnam veteran. (HUBBLE RAY SMITH/Miner)

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KINGMAN - The U.S. Army might as well have painted a target on the belly of the Chinook helicopters that Charles Smith flew on his missions as flight engineer during four tours in Vietnam.