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He Enlisted at 14, Went to Vietnam at 15 and Died a Month Later

Dan Bullock, a boy from Brooklyn, was the youngest American killed in the war.

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Dan Bullock was killed instantly, seems to be the case. The night of June 6, 1969. An article on the front page of The New York Times in 1969 explained: “Dan Bullock was born Dec. 21, 1953. When he enlisted in the Marines last Sept. 18, he was 14. Pentagon officials said his birth certificate had been adjusted to show the year as 1949 so that he could pass for 18.”

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Despite his youth, he was physically solid — at about 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds — and managed to get through the notoriously grueling Marine boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and then on to Vietnam without being found out.

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