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Richard Carroll, a World War II veteran, speaks to a class at Hastings High School. (Star Gazette photo by Jane Lightbourn)

Remembering the war

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It was nearly the end of almost two hours of speaking to students in Hastings High School teacher Scott Smallidge's social studies class last Friday. World War II veteran Richard Carroll, who grew up near Coates, now 92, had talked about his military flying experience, being shot down, and the time spent in a prison camp in Germany.

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He talked about death and destruction - "you try to get used to it," he said. Emotionally, he related his parents did not know for months he was alive.

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