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Gary Klopfenstein’s actions finally recognized

By From page B2 | June 02, 2014

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SILVER STAR recipient Gary Klopfenstein holds a flight helmet at his home in Shingle Springs. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Assault-helicopter pilot Gary Klopfenstein flew so many missions in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam, he lost count. Highly trained, the pilot kept himself and his flight crews alive with proper planning and by-the-book execution. That, he knew, would raise the odds of a good outcome in a war that seemingly had no end, and some say, no point.

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