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Last Okla. Guard Vietnam veteran to retire

Sep. 23, 2012 - 04:39PM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 23, 2012 - 04:39PM  |  
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OKLAHOMA CITY The Oklahoma National Guard's last Vietnam veteran is retiring this month after more than four decades dedicated to the Army.

The Oklahoman">reports Sunday that 61-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ronald Petty is slated to retire after having served in active duty, reserves and the National Guard.

Brig. Gen. Robbie Asher says Petty has always been a positive and professional soldier.

Petty joined the military in 1969 at age 18. He spent 16 months mostly in Cambodia working alongside South Vietnamese counterparts.

After his tour, Petty went to college but stayed in the Army Reserves. He joined the Guard in 1975.

Petty's son died in action in Iraq in 2004 and his grandson also has joined the National Guard.

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