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Vietnam veteran Tony VanKampen, right, shakes the hand of fellow Vietnam veteran Jay Gourley of Corwith.

115,000 Iowans served in all branches of military during the Vietnam War years, 1964 to 1973.

Their average age was 19. 

Most were in Vietnam for at least one year. 

Of those 115,000, 869 were killed in action, 56 of whom were from North Iowa. Their names are inscribed on the Iowa Vietnam War Monument, which was dedicated in 1984 on state capitol grounds. 

Five Iowans were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their bravery. 

The Iowa Legislature officially thanked Vietnam veterans for their service in 2005, 30 years after the war ended. 

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