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Isaac Citrom
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Today, October 6th, is the anniversary of the start of the Yom Kippur War.


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Bill Eldard
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I was a soldier undergoing infantry training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana during the Yom Kippur War. We were assigned "replacement numbers" and told that President Nixon had raised the DEFCON, and if the US went to war, we would immediately terminate training and be sent to the combat zone (wherever that was) as casualty replacements.

For a great many of the young soldiers in Company C, 2d Battalion, 3d AIT Brigade, it was a bit puzzling, but didn't noticeably change the daily routine. The anti-tank instruction in our curriculum -- scheduled for the following month -- was immediately moved up the calendar to that week. But within days, the crisis had passed, and no more was made of the alert status.
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