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In honor of Thomas Corne, US Army - Served in the Vietnam War
Hometown: Blackduck, MN
(Submitted August 12, 2008 by Bonita Harvieux)

My Uncle Tom always impressed me as someone filled with pride for serving his country. As a child growing up I looked forward to those times he was home on leave so I could hear about the country of Vietnam and see the interesting items he brought home as gifts.

As time went on and I grew older my time with Uncle Tom became less and less, especially since he moved to Washington State. In 1995 at a family reunion we were together after almost 15 years. He was still very proud of his country and his service to the people of the US.

However, he beat me for the championship trophy in horseshoes. I asked him where he learned to play so well and he said in the service they would play horseshoes to pass the time and forget about the chaos around them for a brief period of time. I never forgave him for beating me but will always be proud of him and honored by what he did.

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