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Veterans recognized in El Dorado Hills

THE POW-MIA FLAG hoisted Wednesday morning reminds Americans not to forget those left behind during foreign wars. Village Life photos by Andy Laughlin
THE POW-MIA FLAG hoisted Wednesday morning reminds Americans not to forget those left behind during foreign wars. Village Life photos by Andy Laughlin

THE POW-MIA FLAG hoisted Wednesday morning reminds Americans not to forget those left behind during foreign wars. Village Life photo by Andy Laughlin

The El Dorado Hills Senior Center celebrated Veterans Day and the Marine Corps’ birthday Wednesday morning with a guest speaker and several local veterans sharing their stories. Local author Bev Moglich discussed her book, “Memoirs of a Navy Brat,” written about her experience as a teenager living in Hawaii during the Pearl Harbor bombings. Several El Dorado Hills veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam also spoke, sharing stories that were sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking. The El Dorado Hills Fire Department Honor Guard hoisted a POW-MIA flag and presented colors before the senior lunch.

KOREA AND VIETNAM veteran and retired Air Force Col. Fred St. Jean shared stories from finishing flight school just days too late to fly over Korea, to flying in emergency aid to Laos during the Vietnam conflict. He wore his original uniform, which still fits after nearly 40 years. Village Life photo by Andy Laughlin

BILL KLEIN of El Dorado Hills was stationed on the USS Pennsylvania when it was bombed in Pearl Harbor. He went on to serve as a radio operator and electronics technician through the end of WWII. Village Life photo by Andy Laughlin

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