How a Livermore vet helped Ken Burns bring the Vietnam War back to life – The Mercury News


Rion Causey was 19, a wide-eyed kid from Chadbourn, North Carolina, when he arrived in Vietnam as an Army medic in September 1967. He wasn’t there long when he received an enticing offer.

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“Another medic and me were in this bunker and somebody came over and said, ‘We need somebody for Tiger Force,’” said Causey, now 69, retired from the Sandia National Laboratories and living with his wife in Livermore. “We both looked at each other and said, ‘What’s Tiger Force?’”

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