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via: cnn.com

Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) — On November 8, 1965, 48 American soldiers lost their lives during “Operation Hump” after the 400 men of the 173 Airborne Brigade were ambushed by roughly 1,200 Viet Cong fighters.

I did not learn about this battle from a history book or teacher in school, but rather a popular country song — “The 8th of November” by the duo Big and Rich.

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