Korean War Legacy Project

Jack Droneburg

Bio

Jack W. Droneburg was born in Frederick, Maryland on October 13, 1928. He was working at a service station before being drafted on February 13, 1951. He arrived in Busan in February of 1952 and was stationed in Taegu with the 1st Cavalry Division as a Private First Class. He describes his daily life during the Korean War, including his fondness for Korean beer over American beer. He returned home from Korea in February 1953 and was discharged. After his discharge he married and worked at Fort Detrick.

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I like your beer better

Jack Droneburg describes his typical day and surroundings while stationed at Taegu. He explains that his day to day consisted of guard duty. He goes on to explain that the majority of the inhabitants of the compound were officers, Colonels and Generals. He recalls drinking a lot of beer and taking a particular liking to Korean beer over American beer.

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Modern Korea

Jack Droneburg explains that though he has not returned to Korea, after reading "Korea Reborn" he feels great pride for the country and his efforts as a veteran. He goes on to describe his pride for South Korea who has succeeded in rebuilding a strong infrastructure and economy. He states his distrust for North Korea.

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Military Experience Helped later in Life

Jack Droneburg explains that his time served in the military was beneficial in future endeavors. He explains that he later became a husband and father with responsibilities. He goes on to explain that he was favored as a veteran over those who did not serve when he was offered a job at Fort Detrick.

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Video Transcript

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my name is Jack Droneburg or I was born in particularly in
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October where for for a drink
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Frederick yessir right here project where when
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October 13 1928
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on it all your family
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well I had a twin brother he when the army would be
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but he wear and he went to Germany
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and I went Correa where do my basic here in prodi
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twin brother what’s his name
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his name was Jean G GE NE
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gene mean gene wrong for yessir
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and he went to Germany he went Germany
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oh my goodness this morning brother at the same time
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well you right to the peaceful area you into the battle
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I have a choice I could either go to germany or
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career so I had went Korea why why the
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trawlers and European day all your brother did he choose
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to go to Armani running great idea I don’t know what he did
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going to you I were all
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so so he must be
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the grill over to write there right now
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is your life know he died backed eight months ago
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months story yeah loss
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yep so what kind of school do you go through
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here and I’ll Frederick school
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schools yes how it pretty high school graduate 1947
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and then withdrew what do you do
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go out good after gotta us go out work ethic Air Station
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har medicare station
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I went in the army when do you do
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the in list were dropped our crafty 1951
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everywhere 13 drafted into the Army mmm
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so you already knew that
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real moral call at the time or all but six
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it broke out in the June July
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here approved the an hour drafted in February
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Aug 19 2011 yet what people say about the ground war at the time
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but tell you the truth I and know about it
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Korea here did nothing about it
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no that’s the case many cream of arms told me that they did
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knew nothing about Maria right great
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so they
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they shipped me to forge action
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I’m here in United States so for meryl
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for Jackson I went to Camp Atterbury
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and a rare I want to
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keep a care or put who would
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in Texas dan for mayor I went overseas
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was your specialty was why where and when
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yessir partner mmm prime what you need is you belong to
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hours I purse calorie krier
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1st Cavalry but before I went there I went
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Japan mmm for wall
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Wendy June me for Korea and Hong
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a about
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when I leave yeah a
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19 52 the last part a pity to you
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yessir all
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are shipped or ship how was it
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seasick you did but that yessir
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well I didn’t like the water
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but so I get seasick
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Mb even before I let the states I get seasick
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I get seasick going from Japan two-career
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I get seasick when I’m a landing
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above 38 prevail seasick everywhere
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mean soared to you arrive in korea
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well I was the internal no I
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p tell you tengo
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mean cruise ship no
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are you the ship up well
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probably produce I’m Sun yessir and there was 1952
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yet known yessir
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and then what was the scenes that you saw in
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sup well clean
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was the scenery whoa all the people at like at the time
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they was walking around the career
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South Korean soldiers and their
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civilians prong course on you went to terrible
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mmm and there are polled guard duty
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had a compound there are and a
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in the compound was
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all both weaker role from generals on all
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as far as I with
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Korea was a was there yes sir
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and what was your typical day over your service interval
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what you should do what time you wake over install
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what you I a good service that’s alright a
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everything was okay well what kind of work do you do
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we’re all busy I guess I went went to her
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px drink some beer no do is there beer
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it reassured is so route or
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your beer and their beer hmm
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Divina I like your beer in
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useful what kind of porn you have
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was a hot meal yeah I’m yessir
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any dangerous moment no now want
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now one how lucky
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yessir how was that your sore
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how was day cool to it
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I mean this the truth about the scenes and the people that you
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or are there any greenhouse for your time work visa slip
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a step in at 10 and
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they were her health boy I did
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and a I go to town bring some beer
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never for the ladies no been
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goes ahead had a girlfriend her home
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alright near so you’re faithful
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yessir
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tell me about your for tell you about your girlfriend at the time in the state
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or America her been married for 60 years
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so you married before you came to Korea
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no I got married after came back home
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1954 stay all
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time integral or Yahoo
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when summer newspaper is a good thing you
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yessir you remember how much you
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your salary was at the time eighty seven dollars
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what did you do with them
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spinner what insane billion
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what or on the word just been there so I can tell you
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bad behavior could keep it
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that that yeah
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have you been back to career no
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no you know what happened to quit after you left
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I’m economy
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ball democracy yes all me here in the States
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over area nah I’ll go now your
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I read that book had the
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fewer was given to us
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people was cold Corey R We Belong
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there and had everything in there yessir
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so when you see those mu modern
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arm Korea what do you think about your service
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I have a degree for help
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I’m proud with a build themselves so
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Anna have the money
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money when I have one up for me whenever im
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and but thats north korea our interests in Roscoe
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and so when do you leave
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Korea a Jan
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January 53 I got out two weeks early
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and then came back to came back from
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to Fredericks came back to protect them book over
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work they have liquor store them from the liquor store I went to poor teacher
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parent project and spent thirty 32
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half years there all and marijuana reform
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what people say to you what people that say to you when you
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came at him back yes no an effing
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billion welcome the soldiers White House I don’t know
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I just came home have live
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did you talk about your service to your friends and
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family no wind up well
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at went up why not
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%uh that’s a good question wiring do it
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Missy it will because our free
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but I just in total strange all
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who had arms they talk about right now now I do
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now you do yeah right why after always
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came up i join the cane
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the chapter 140 do you and
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I get more more hour then
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right I’m was like a it was
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so was it painful to say
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about your service or no no
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mountain russia and nice over there
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idea how did
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this saw war experience although military experience
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affect your life after u their known all
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did it help did you military service and experience
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serve you better so that you could be better in
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like it helped me a lot all hell well
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begets
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I had some responsibilities my wife had a girl
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and that I got a good job with the tree
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you think that you got good job because of the military experience
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it help me II
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hell help me get my job i get some
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I’ll points4
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points yeah what points well ahead
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they had bill people order would
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were no their turn and I was
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and the ma’am
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that bad I’m here you carrying
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do you have grandchildren yeah I get to
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do three grandchildren I got a great
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grams on anybody who are in the college or going to school
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no no they all want high school graduate
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college no so what’s their original
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well to growers 27
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always 31 and the other boys 37
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was 27 or
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doing 27 yup he’ll work proposed topics
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she’s working on know he she’s a farmer says
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farmer she helps the yes year
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help seeger good
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thing I the the outbreak you gotta give that
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medicine but she’s a helper this and one grams
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grandson were set to the
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male male offers and the other one works that the
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ok but does
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store do you want to go back to career
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no why not but you don’t like to trip
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I you know like everywhere whom foreign trip here
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I would go to you yessir any other
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things that you wanna say no that’s it
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benefit I the it while
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thank you very much for you therapeutic or service service there is a growing up
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yes sir