To many this seems like a long time ago, or something you'd hear in a history lesson, but to these four local veterans this was a part of their lives.
"When Vietnam came I looked at my cousins and we knew it was our war," said Mike Stuart.
These four gathered Tuesday as part of the veteran awareness week, to share their stories and give us a peak of the PBS documentary they're featured in called "Vietnam War".
The Vietnam War changed all that fought and all that watched and as individuals and a society we will never be the same,” said Mike Dahl.
“Our very first combat a piece of literature kept going through my mind that I read as a freshman in high school and that's ‘The Red Badge of Courage’, and all I was determined I wasn’t going to run," said Stuart.
The war went on for 20 years, and in that time, some reports claim an estimated 2,000,000 civilians on both sides died including some that were natives to Shasta County.
But these veterans say they would fight again.
"I ask myself would I serve again and it comes to me in a nanosecond. The answer is yes," said Dahl.