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In honor of Reuben Johnson, Army - Served in World War II
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Lauri Svedberg)

My grandfather, Reuben F. Johnson, served our country in WWI and was a proud lifelong member/officer of the American Legion. He was part of a "tontine"---a group of soldiers who bought a bottle of wine upon discharge and pledged to save it until the last man was alive. Six decades later, when Grampa and one other buddy were left, they decided to hold a ceremony to share the bottle.  It was a touching tribute to the lasting friendships formed in the military.

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