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When 1st Marine Division Association President Sgt. Maj. Martin Vasquez first fought in a war, he said he used a rifle that fired one round at a time.

Getting a glimpse of the superior weaponry used in today’s modern warfare was more than an eye opener.

“Modern technology is super,” said Vasquez, an 85-year-old Oceanside resident and veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam who served in the Marine Corps from 1945 to 1975. “The weapons we have now are very, very accurate. It makes a big difference now compared with what we had before. They can fire so many rounds at a time. … You squeeze the trigger, and all kinds of bullets come out of that thing.”

Vasquez was among a group of about 100 veterans and their family members with the 1st Marine Division Association invited to tour Camp Pendleton as part of the division’s 72nd anniversary celebration. The tour took place one day before the official ceremony and featured current Marines demonstrating their wares and answering the old-timers’ questions.

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