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Conrad "Connie" Vineyard stands with a collection of documents and memorabilia he keeps in memory of his service with the Alamo Scouts. Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx

Hastings man was part of first special forces unit

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For the first 10 months after Conrad "Connie" Vineyard joined the military in 1943, he played basketball.

He had been an engineering student when he decided to join the army. One day he looked around the campus, he said, and all the other men were gone to the war, so he decided to sign up himself.


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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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