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George Vandersluis cracks a smile in his room at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson

Veterans Home resident George Vandersluis recalls the years he served his country

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I am here to tell you a story about a man. A very special man.

His name is George Vandersluis.

When George was a very young man he was walking down a street in Minneapolis with a good buddy of his when they came upon a Marine recruiting station. They decided on the spot to join up. This was early in 1940. The Marines accepted George, but his good friend Winston Fisher was told to go home and gain twenty pounds, then return.

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