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Iowa National Guard's last Vietnam vet retires

Nov. 5, 2012 - 12:54PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 5, 2012 - 12:54PM  |  
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JOHNSTON, Iowa The Iowa National Guard says its last Vietnam veteran has left its ranks.

The Des Moines Register reported that Col. Ronald Albrecht retired Sunday at a ceremony at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

The 58-year-old had served a total of 36 years for the nation's military.

Albrecht enlisted in the Navy soon after graduating from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1971. While in the Navy he was deployed for a year supporting the U.S. mission in what was South Vietnam.

He left the service in 1978, went to college and eventually became a teacher.

Albrecht joined the Iowa Army National Guard in 1983 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1984.

He'll continue working for the National Guard as a civilian contractor with Northrop Grumman.

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