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VIET-ERA DESERTER DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED

A 48-year-old Marine who fled to Canada when his unit was ordered to duty in Vietnam 29 years ago has received a bad-conduct discharge for desertion.

Pvt. Randall J. Caudill, who could have been sentenced Tuesday to three years' confinement, was expected to be released by the weekend, Staff Sgt. Janice Hagar said.

Caudill fled to Canada in 1968 and gained legal residency through his wife, who is a citizen there.

Caudill was arrested Sept. 9 at the U.S.-Canada border when U.S. immigration officials conducting a random sweep aboard a ferry from Canada discovered he still was listed as a deserter.

Amnesty was granted to Vietnam-era draft dodgers who fled to Canada, but not to deserters.

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