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Heartland WWII veterans reflect on service


As we salute veterans in the Heartland we give a special salute to those who paved the way for our freedom in World War II.

Heartland News caught up with two veterans in Oran and another in Cape Girardeau who gave their service in that war over seven decades ago.

"You do it all again," said Mel Kuehle of Cape Girardeau. He served in the Air Force, first landing as a 19 year old in New Guinea.

"We were scared, but when you realize that they are firing at you then you become angry and that's when you become a man," he said.

He still meets with several of his comrades at the VFW Hall in Cape Girardeau to share stories every morning.

Meanwhile we caught up with WWII Navy veteran, Alfred Friga and Robert Gaines, who served in the army as a member of the military police in Oran.

Friga said it's important to teach our children to keep our country on the right path.

"We need to keep us patriotic and safe," he said.

As for Gaines, he said it's important for Americans to realize how lucky we are to live in the United States.

"When I arrived in India it didn't matter how bad our food was or what we had to do I gave myself a pat on the back because I knew I was blessed at home," said Gaines. "That day I got home, there are no words."

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