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Tom and Nellie Coakley with Tom Brokaw
Tom and Nellie Coakley with Tom Brokaw

Canton couple remembers Vietnam

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the socially and politically significant year, 1968. Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw's latest book, Boom! - Voices of the '60s, explores the pivotal events of the 1960s. A Canton couple is among the Vietnam veterans profiled in the book. In a moving chapter, Tom and Nellie Coakley talk about their experiences in Vietnam and how the war changed their lives. The Coakleys met at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital while Tom was recovering from battle injuries and Nellie was a nurse. Nellie told Todd Moe she'd always wanted to be an army nurse and volunteered to go to Vietnam.

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Tom Coakley (far left) with his platoon in Vietnam

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

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