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Published August 31, 2010, 10:39 AM

1 of last Vietnam vets in ND Guard retires

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — One of the last veterans of the Vietnam War still serving in the North Dakota National Guard has retired.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — One of the last veterans of the Vietnam War still serving in the North Dakota National Guard has retired.

Master Sgt. Douglas Balliet (bal-ee-ET') enlisted in the Army in 1970 and served as an aircraft mechanic in Vietnam. The Linton native joined the North Dakota Guard in 1972 and served nearly four decades, most recently as the Guard's aircraft maintenance supervisor.

In addition to his maintenance duties, Balliet logged more than 2,300 flight hours as a crew chief in various aircraft.

Balliet was honored at a ceremony in Bismarck on Monday.

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