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#Vietnam War troops receive official warm welcome home.

LAWTON, Okla. — When Pat Mitchell came home from Vietnam in 1967 he was spit on. Mitchell returned to the United States by way of California. At the airport, he found himself the target of protesters, something he's never fully understood. On Friday, Pat Mitchell and about 200 other Vietnam veterans were welcomed home officially with a ceremony at Fort Sill. Soldiers and civilians lined a route on the post as buses full of veterans made their way to the Rinehart Fitness Center. What Mitchell saw as he marched inside helped ease some of the pain inflicted 46 years ago. In the Vietnam era, service members usually came home alone, not with their units, Mitchell said. But Friday's ceremony was a huge group celebration. “It's probably one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me,” Mitchell said. “When I landed, I was spit on. This has been a much better day.” Mitchel...

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