At the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, former marine John "Chick" Donohue decided to take on the most extraordinary mission. Chick and other members of his New York neighborhood had watched months of antiwar protests sweep the country and decided to do something about it. Someone at the local bar said, "Our boys over there deserve a beer to let them know we care about them." Chick agreed and within a week he was on a ship bound for Vietnam.

Chick, now a 79 year-old veteran, joins me to discuss his new book "The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War" about his epic journey through war torn Vietnam to track down the guys from his neighborhood and hand them a beer. Not only was Chick's mission nearly an impossible one from the outset, getting out of the country as the Vietcong launched the infamous Tet Offense would prove to be even harder. This is history you really can't make up! 

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