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Vet featured in S-R series dies

Mon., June 21, 2010, 10:09 a.m.

John Wills, a World War II veteran who was featured in The Spokesman-Review’s Voices of War series in 2008, has died.

Wills served in the Persian Gulf Command, a strategically important but little-known operation that supplied arms and material to the Soviet Union through Iran from 1942 to 1945. He was second-in-command of the 454 Engineers Supply Depot.

“I personally believe the mission to Iran probably shortened the war about two years,” Wills said in a 2008 interview.

Upon his return to Spokane, Wills founded Abadan Inc., named for the city in Iran near where he was stationed.

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