fifty years after vietnam’s bloodiest battles, the ‘lucky ones’ recall their time there

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paul and kathryn barents at their home in easton, md. (bill o’leary/the washington post)[this story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. for a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. an internet connection is required.]kathryn barents got home from work that fall night in 1967 to find somber family members gathered in the living room, and her shaken father, henry, waiting to speak with her.she feared this was about her husband, paul, a marine corps lieutenant in vietnam. they had been married only a few months, and his class had just completed the basic officer course in quantico, va., in august.ten from the class had already been killed, and she figured that paul, 23, had now been added to the list.her father brought her into the kitchen, and they sat down. paul had been grievously wounded in a friendly-fire incident. his legs had been shattered, and would later be amputated.but she was lucky. he was alive.this week, paul barents, now 72, and kathryn barents, 71, of easton, md., will join scores of marine corps veterans and their spouses outside washington for a 50-year reunion of paul’s graduating class from the marines’ basic sch......

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