Jim and his son, Jimmy Campbell, struck the same pose while deployed to theirĀ  wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

Going to war. That has to be tough. As anyone who's been there will tell you.

But what's tougher? On this Father's Day, we let Shreveport's Jim Campbell explain.

As the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, it was up to the 101st Airborne to wipe out the enemy's main supply line -- the Ho Chi Minh Trail -- in the summer of 1970. But the North Vietnamese seized three areas of high ground to attack the badly outnumbered Americans at Fire Support Base Ripcord.

"You're in the Army. You've got duties to the soldiers and you're there in a bad spot. Happens to every G.I. over there at some time," Campbell explained about his situation.

The 2nd Lieutenant was a rifle company platoon leader. He made it out. But the U.S. lost 139 men and eight aircraft during the three week battle. They made an aerial withdrawal from their hilltop while under fire.

After a pause, Jim says, "I was glad to get out of there."

So almost three decades later, Jim and his wife cautioned their son, Jimmy, about his decision to go to West Point.

"Then 9/11 came. My wife all she did was say I told you so," the elder Campbell recalls, saying fears that their son would also go to war were to be reality.

"Going to war wasn't any big deal to me. It was something I felt I needed to do," Jim Campbell says. "But sending your son to war is -- that's a lot harder. 'Cause you know what can happen -- the brutalities of war."

Jimmy would head to the Iraq War, including two of its biggest battles in 2004. First was Najaf.

"Our batallion fought in the fight and didn't have a single KIA. Which was shocking to me. Shocking. People wounded. But we didn't suffer an American killed in action. And still to this day I don't know how that happened," Jimmy says.

Jimmy was a captain and platoon leader of a recon sniper team. They would move on to the second Battle of Fallujah, the bloodiest of the entire war. There were close calls for Jimmy.

"Small arm fire zipping by you and cracking on the wall behind you, stuff like that," he said matter-of-factly.

A total of 95 Americans were killed during 6 weeks of firefights at Fallujah. They're with Jimmy's thoughts today.

"You think about kids their kids who are growing up without a father. I think about that on Father's Day. Makes you appreciate having your own father around. And makes you appreciate being a father to your own kids," Jimmy said.

Jimmy and his wife have three children and he runs an Insurance business.

His dad Jim became an oil and gas attorney after the Vietnam War.

The family has a deep military history, including Jim's brother, the late Charley Campbell, a 4-Star General.


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