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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.

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"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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