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Mass. native guides war in Afghanistan to a close

General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., son of a Boston officer, is leading the wind down of our mission

KABUL — In the fall of 1973, as the Vietnam War lurched to an end, newly minted freshman Joseph Dunford Jr. of Quincy walked by a Marine Corps recruiter outside the cafeteria at St. Michael’s College in Vermont.

The Boston College High School graduate paused, glanced at the recruiter’s pitch, and asked, “Hey, what’s this all about?”

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