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the part of a military force that goes into battle first; 'van' for short


a person who served in the armed forces of their country during a war or peacekeeping mission

Victoria Cross (VC)

the highest decoration for gallantry in the face of the enemy awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces

Viet Cong

a communist guerrilla force that sought to overthrow the South Vietnamese government, later allied with North Vietnam