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  • Veteran pilot receives WWII combat medals

    Nearly 70 years after William Bell flew combat missions during World War II, the former Marine has received his medals. Bell was a 21-year-old pilot during the Philippines’ liberation from …


  • 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 …


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