In 1973, Michael Jarnevic enlisted in the Marines and became one of the last to serve in Vietnam. Now he is probably the last Vietnam veteran to retire.
"I don't know how you could actually prove it," Jarnevic told the Marine Corps Times, "But the onus would be to disprove it."
The 59-year-old recalls that a few Vietnam draftees served until recently. The war's last draftee, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby, retired in November.
Jarnevic's war experiences were never limited to Vietnam. In his 42 years of service, he deployed to 37 other countries. After returning from the war, he worked as a military policeman in Colorado. A few Green Berets convinced him to join the Army Special Forces, which sent him on missions around the world. In the 1980s, he deployed to Honduras during the Contra Wars. There, Jarnevic trained local allies, a key reason he enlisted.