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Salute to Service

A 72-page tribute to our military veterans, who share their stories of courage, heroism and sacrifice.

Crucial connection

Few U.S. military operations were as fundamental to the outcome of World War II – and at the same time as little-known – as those conducted by the Persian Gulf Command, which supplied arms and materiel to the Soviet Union through Iran from 1942 to 1945. “We were supposed to have a secret operation,” said John Wills, of Spokane, who arrived in Iran in December 1942, “but the Germans knew all about us. In fact, the night I landed in Abadan, the German radio greeted us by unit number.”