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REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DEFENDED FREEDOM
This Memorial Day has special significance for me.
My father, Beale Todd of Independence, a World War II veteran, passed away in February at age 84.
As a child I was always aware my father had been in the Navy during the war but I would be much older before mere awareness would be replaced with true appreciation.
At age 19 he entered the Navy and served aboard a destroyer escort engaged in anti-submarine warfare in the Atlantic and anti-aircraft warfare in the Mediterranean.
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