1967 - 1968
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John Musgrave was born in 1948 in Independence, MO—a suburb of Kansas City. After high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps, becoming a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. John served in Vietnam for eleven months before being permanently disabled by his third wound at the battle of Con Thien in November 1967.
After returning to the states, John studied at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, where he struggled with PTSD and suicidal tendencies. Eventually he joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War, participating in protests in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the country. After years of depression and struggle, he learned to cope with his PTSD, and has since worked extensively with other veterans in suicide-prevention programs. John was a featured commentator in the 2017 Ken Burns / Lynn Novick film, The Vietnam War.