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Since the end of World War II (WWII) 72 years have passed and with the years so have several of the wars 16 million veterans, with 372 WWII veterans dying each day, making local soldiers Roy Anderson and Bob Reutter truly a part of our living history. Anderson, 91, and Reutter, 90, are members of a modest group of veterans who did their duty without seeking fame and glory. Both men would say that their service was unremarkable, but both have a story to share. “My military service wasn’t too much to talk about but the willingness was there,” said Reutter. “I was at the right age that the war was over when I got in so I didn’t see any overseas duty or combat.” After graduating from High School at the age of 17 years-old Anderson was…show more content…
At the end of the war after serving 21 months in the Navy Anderson was sent home to North Platte, Neb. He made a career as a police officer, working for the Highway Patrol for 28 years. “I didn’t do anything out of the extra ordinary,” said Anderson. Reutters was also eager to do his patriotic duty. “In 1944, I was 17 years-old and in High School, but I wanted to get into the service, so I forged a birth certificate and went down to apply in the Marines. They rejected me because I had a bad ear drum and didn’t pass my hearing test. So I went back and finished High School. That next year I got notice from Uncle Sam to report for induction. I knew I was going to be turned down but I out foxed them by cheating on my hearing test,” said Reutter. “So I was in the Army. That day there were 400 and some odd of us that got inducted. Every 33rd man was sent to the Navy and I was number 66. I was in the Army in the morning but by noon time I was in the Navy. There were 13 of us assigned to the Navy and they needed two for the Marines and I was one of two. I was in every branch of the service in one day,” said Reutter. By the time Reutter entered the service the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945, during the final stage of WWII. The two bombing killed more than 129,000 people and to this day remains the only use of nuclear

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