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RICHARD HOKENSON relaxing with his pet Wiemaraner at his home on Cotton Lake.

A sniper in Vietnam

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For many years, the subject of the Vietnam War was a painful one for Detroit Lakes native Richard Hokenson.

"I didn't want to talk about it," he says.


Hokenson, who graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1966, served with the U.S. Army's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, in Vietnam from May of 1969 to April 4, 1970.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454