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In honor of PFC Kenneth Johnson, US Army - Served in World War II
Hometown: Duluth, MN
(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Jack Johnson)

My vote today was a salute to my father.  He died many years ago, but no day passes without a thought of him, however fleeting.  He was a member of the “greatest generation” and except for the years spent overseas during World War Two, he lived his entire life in Duluth—the only place he ever wanted to live.  He landed at Normandy, fought his way through the fields and hedgerows of France with the 90th Division, and got a Purple Heart before returning to Duluth in the fall of 1945. 

One of my earliest memories is the night we waited for him to “come home from the war" and when he finally came in the door he was wearing his uniform.  He lifted me over his head, swung me around, hugged me tight, and held me on his lap for the longest time.  I was 2-1/2.     When he finally got home, Dad’s goal was to put the war behind him and get on with his life—which he did. but he had experienced terrible things and the war never really left him.  In that respect he was like millions of other veterans.  Thanks, dad, for all you gave and thanks, too, to all our veterans whose sacrifices made it possible for me and my younger sister to cast our votes today.   

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