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Published November 29, 2009, 08:11 AM

The last Vietnam veteran from Fargo's 119ths Wing is leaving

Page, ND (WDAY TV) - A Page, North Dakota farmer is retiring from the Air National Guard. His credentials separate him from future retiree's. He's the last Vietnam veteran leaving Fargo's 119th Wing. Curt Knutson spent several years in the Army, one of those in Vietnam.

By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY

Page, ND (WDAY TV) - A Page, North Dakota farmer is retiring from the Air National Guard. His credentials separate him from future retiree's. He's the last Vietnam veteran leaving Fargo's 119th Wing. Curt Knutson spent several years in the Army, one of those in Vietnam.

He took a break from the service, before enlisting with the Air National Guard in the early 90's. After all that time this humble farmer says he's not a hero.

“It's good to serve, we have a good country. There is a lot of faults, but we have a lot of good things too."

The year he spent in Vietnam, Knutson worked with a bulldozer clearing trees for a new highway. He remembers only ducking one time for gunfire.

“Sitting on my bulldozer we were going to back fill for a culvert on the road, I turned around and looked everybody was hollering at me that were laying in the road ditch saying get down get down, but if they shot at me they missed."

Knutson says one big difference he see's now is how soldiers are embraced and celebrated when they arrive home; he says that's how it should be just not how it was for him and his fellow Vietnam veterans."

“When we came home from Vietnam we came home in the middle of the night, you didn't know if somebody is going to be spitting on you and whatever."

After 20 years of service Knutson says he's lucky, and as a good man would, says don't celebrate him rather the vets who came home and never got the recognition they deserve..

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“I would like to see that those guys be recognized and honored for all the trash they had to go through over there, I mean not everybody was as fortunate as I was."

Knutson finished his service as a Senior Master Sergeant.

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