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A day at the Veterans Center

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Andrew and Mitra took a trip out to the Lawton/Ft. Sill Veterans Center, where they conducted a series of StoryCorps interviews with World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans.

Pictured here is Carl Farmer, who served in the military during WWII before working as a quarryman for thirty years.

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Then there was Paul Odle who lied about his age to join the Marine Corps at 15.

He now writes a syndicated column and has 18 books to his credit. He had just finished a new short story before sitting down with us at the microphone.

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Our last participants, Hoyt Leon Starr (on the left) and George Stanga (in the middle), had met only 10 days ago when George became Hoyt’s new roommate. Despite knowing each other for a short time, they became fast friends due to the fact that they both served in the Marine Corps.

When Hoyt asked George what lessons he learned in life, George gruffly replied, “There’s a time to bark, and there’s a time to wag your tail.” Like an old friend, Hoyt nodded in agreement.


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