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February 16-- Vidalia Comprehensive High School recently hosted retired U.S. Army Colonel Paul Longgrear.

Colonel Longgrear served his county for 26 years in various ranks and is highly touted for his role in the battle of Lang Vei in which his unit encountered the first Russian tanks of the Vietnam War and was able to destroy many of the tanks through their efforts. Colonel Longgrear is well documented in the Time Life series on the Vietnam War for his and his unit's efforts.

Col. Longgrear spent a great deal of his time, during his presentation, talking with students about character, and sharing many of his life lessons. He challenged the students to take control of their decisions and to strive to be the best they can be in life.

When questioned about his recent induction into the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Colonel Longgrear described the phone call he received in regards to his nomination. In his own humble opinion, he was not deserving of the honor and tried on several attempts to deflect the nomination in an effort for the committee to pursue others that he deemed more worthy. However, he was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in July of 2011. This honor put him in small company as there are fewer than 350 Rangers that have ever been bestowed with this honor.

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(L-R) Jermaine Snell, Matt Cone, Retired Colonel Paul Longgrear, Keith Jackson, Justin Claxton, John Carroll