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In honor of Officer Lynn Elling, US Navy - Served in World War II and the Korean War
Hometown: Minneapolis
(Submitted September 15, 2008 by Dick Bernard)

Lynn Elling was a young LST officer in the Pacific in WWII and witnessed the results of war at close range at places like Tarawa.  In 1954, while at a conference in Hiroshima, he visited the memorial to the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and it changed his life forever. While retaining great and deserved pride in his service, his passion to this day has been towards peace and understanding amongst all people.  His signal accomplishment is memorialized in a bi-partisan declaration of world citizenship signed by a who's who of political leaders in 1971.  Lynn and Donna, his spouse of 65 years, live in Minneapolis.


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