Photo by Ron Benningfield
Vietnam veteran Larry Clopton holds a photo of himself taken when he was in the U.S. Army in 1970.
Vets reactions to fireworks

The July Fourth holiday for most people is a time of fun, food, and fireworks.

But for some returning combat veterans and others traumatized by gunfire, the sound and smell of the fireworks could take all the fun away.

“For quite a while after I got back, any loud noise—firecracker, truck backfiring, or some similar thing—and I would think, ‘Incoming!’ and want to hit the deck,” recalled Larry Clopton of Mt. Sherman who saw combat as a rifleman with the First Air Cavalry in Vietnam in 1970.