Story by Sgt. Christopher Calvert
FORT HOOD, Texas – Growing up with World War II veterans as close friends and a Battle of Manila hero as a father, John Dupla had little doubt what he wanted to do when he grew up. It was his turn to give back as a soldier like those who sacrificed so much before him.
Surrounded by a rich military history, Dupla said hearing war stories of the past from friends and
family inclined him to volunteer for enlistment in 1966, despite the ongoing Vietnam War.