These Americans, alongside our allies, risked (and many gave) their lives, to defend not only America and our freedoms, but the freedoms of Europe and other parts of the world. As Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) said:
"It is a worthy thing to fight for one's freedom; it is another sight finer to fight for another man's."Thank you Mr. Buckles, for your service to our country, and may your life and the life of your fellow soldiers and sailors who served alongside you, be an example for new and future generations of Americans.
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