When I was 15, I was busy going through the math homework that I never could understand in high school. I’d be out with friends on a Friday night, playing video games at home, or maybe even hanging out at the local arcade (Yes, arcades were very common back then for our younger readers out there). If I weren’t out, my dad would drag me outside the house to help him fix up our car, way back when they weren’t so electronically complex. Yup, those were the days!

You probably had a similar childhood. Hanging out with friends, playing sports, and exploring all those different hobbies as a teenager naturally does. But for Dan Bullock, he was out in the jungles of Vietnam fighting for his country… at 15 years old.

What is a 15-year old doing across the world in some gunfight, risking his life, and not getting a normal childhood as every other teenager does? Here’s the courageous story of Dan Bullock, the youngest US serviceman to die in the Vietnam War.

Dan, The Brave Child Soldier

Dan Bullock during boot camp (www.blackpast.org). Source: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/dan-bullock-1953-1969/
Dan Bullock during boot camp (Photo by Franklin McArthur, Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps via www.blackpast.org)

Yes, we know, children have no place in the war zone, let alone fighting against communists in Vietnam. One of the reasons this country even goes to war is the hope that our children might grow up safe and knowing nothing of war, but here we are, talking about Dan, who was literally 14 years old when he enlisted in the Marines.