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Tenn. guard's last enlisted Vietnam vet retires

Feb. 11, 2013 - 07:48AM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 11, 2013 - 07:48AM  |  
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The last enlisted Vietnam veteran in the Tennessee Army National Guard has retired.

According to a news release from the guard, Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Peck joined the Army in 1970, at age 17. Two years later, he was operating heavy equipment, building roads and setting up landing zones in Vietnam as a combat engineer with the 20th Engineer Brigade.

After 10 years of active duty, the Knoxville native joined the guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Pigeon Forge. In 2004, he deployed to Iraq for 18 months as the squadron's senior non-commissioned officer. Peck returned to Iraq in 2010.

Peck officially retired Sunday, when he turned 60.

At a recent ceremony, he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Tennessee Army National Guard Distinguished Service Medal.

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