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Border Duty, 1916

A soldier’s life on the Mexican border, 1916.

Pancho Villa’s attack on Columbus, New Mexico, in the early morning hours of March 9, 1916, set in motion a huge mobilization of the U.S. Army and the National Guard. By July 31, almost 111,000 guardsmen were on the border and an additional 40,000 awaited orders in mobilization camps around the country.

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Heroism in a complicated war

In its entirety, the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza features 10 columns of black granite engraved with the names of Arizonans killed or reported missing in action in Vietnam.

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