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Veterans of the Okinawa campaign, in the spring of 1945, gathered for a reunion at the 2009 Perham Memorial Day ceremony. Standing, Kenneth Aasness and LeRoy Quernemoen, Fergus Falls, with Irv Klinger, a resident at Perham Memorial Home.

Thanks to "The Bomb," Okinawa vets survive for Memorial Day in Perham, 64 years later

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Veterans of the Battle of Okinawa reunited in Perham for Memorial Day.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, and was a deciding factor in the fateful decision to launch the nuclear age in an effort to end the war.


"Dropping the bombs was the best thing they ever did," said LeRoy Quernemoen, Fergus Falls. "It saved lives...on both sides. More would have been killed if we invaded Japan."

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