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The Eyes and Ears of the Smithsonian

When Emanuel Chase came home to Washington, D.C., in August 1970 after serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, he was in no rush to find a new job. "I was twenty-one years old, and like most veterans who have been discharged from the military, you kind of want to exercise your freedom," he recalls. But after just one week of leisure, his mother-in-law brought him back to reality.

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