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  • Shawn Vestal: Daughter brings father’s war diaries alive

    Duane “Swede” Nelson’s diary entry for April 1, 1945, was unusually long and detailed. You can understand why. He writes about the invasion of Okinawa and his surprise at the …

  • Excerpts from Nelson’s WWII diaries

    Duane “Swede” Nelson served in the Marines from 1943 to February 1946, and he participated in some of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Pacific theater. He kept three …

  • Civil War, one soldier’s take

    John Beam was helping clean out his late father’s possessions last fall when he found an old envelope at the back of a pajama drawer. Inside were documents and a …



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