WATCH: Jim Jirava recalls combat during Vietnam War

WATCH: Jim Jirava recalls combat during Vietnam War Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES (KDLM/TV3) - Leading up to Memorial Day KDLM & LAKES TV3 are bringing you the stories of local heroes that served our country in the military and honoring those that died while serving in the country's armed forces. This feature is brought to you by VFW Post 1676 in Detroit Lakes & VFW Gaming.

Jim Jirava fought in the Vietnam War from Feb 8, 1968 to April 30, 1970. During that time he broke his back and ended up in the hospital for six weeks.

Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.1 million. Some 240,000–300,000 Cambodians, 20,000–62,000 Laotians,and 58,220 U.S. service members also died in the conflict, and a further 1,626 remain missing in action.

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