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Ah, the year 2000: When we all poked our heads out of our underground bunkers and found the Y2K bug hadn't crashed the World Bank or caused all of our AOL free internet CDs to spontaneously combust. It was a pre-war time, too — relatively speaking — and it was the year I joined the Army as a dumb 17-year-old.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch

When “Fortunate Son,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, comes over the speakers, everyone’s mind immediately jumps to one thing: the Vietnam War. Between the song’s lyrics and its presence in war movies, the anti-war protest song is virtually synonymous with that conflict.

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