His mission was simple—stay in the jungles, search out the enemy, and destroy. In 1969, Vela Giri was drafted into the United States Army and sent to Vietnam. Trained as an infantry rifleman, he fought in the jungles during the war surrounded by constant attacks, death, and sheer “craziness.”
David Pierce joined the United States Navy in 1985. Two years later, he was deployed off the coast of Iran during the Iran-Iraq War. A gunner’s mate who specialized in weapons, his orders were to handle the ammunition and kill anyone who boarded the ship. For three months Pierce stared out into the waves worried that an enemy gunboat would attack.