Korean War Legacy Project

Marvin Dunn

Bio

Marvin Dunn was born on May 4, 1931 in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He was a freshman in Paris Junior College when he enlisted in January of 1951.  He arrived in Pusan in July of that year and was stationed as a corporal in the Punchbowl area serving in the 1st Marine Division, 1st Regiment, 1st Battalion, Able Company, specializing in Infantry.  He participated in two separate campaigns in the Punchbowl area.    Upon returning from his rotation, he spent 7 months in a hospital in California recovering from his extensive injuries.  After being discharged from military service, he graduated from college and became a teacher and an administrator with the Dallas Independent School District.

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Wounded in Battle

Marvin Dunn describes being hit by a mortar while building bunkers. He explains that his unit was collecting small trees to use for the construction of the bunkers when he heard the very distinct sound of a mortar approaching. He yelled for the men to get down and all of them took cover, except for him. The mortar blast was so close to him that the blast destroyed his left leg, eye, and eardrum. He goes on to describe being evacuated to a MASH unit in the floor of the Punchbowl.

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Talking About the War

Marvin Dunn explains that it took him many years to talk about his experiences in the Korean War. He describes feeling as though nobody who wasn't there could possibly be able understand; thus, he refrained from recounting his experiences. He goes on to explain that only upon joining a local KWVA chapter was he able to share what happened to him with friends, family, and students.

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I Would Do It Again

Marvin Dunn explains he would have done it all over again (serve in the Korean War) despite having lost his left leg and left eye in combat. He describes the great accomplishment of attaining both a Bachelor's as well as a Master's degree in four years. He goes on to describe his professional life, future academic pursuits and his family. He explains that he would not change anything about his time in Korea because if he had to live his life all over again he would probably "foul it up."

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Video Transcript

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Marvin Dunn and I was born Witchita Falls Texas
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and when i was about
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two-year-old uh… marker moved to prayer section
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outward more not interim one
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may the fourth
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and uh… when i was
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two years old uh…
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land per tech
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and my dad was a former corner upon form fill i was fifteen years old
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and uh…
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what uh… golden arm or hospital
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which were of country whom
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analog
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out work
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after agrarian posco are op i didn’t have the money go to college so i’m
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i want police
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uh… westeck unit olga subjective
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work in all for your for a year
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are and
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in nineteen fifty and start to college i was freshman in college
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when the war broke out
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or
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occur here your college
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war
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well so
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uh…
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outward
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going to be a pharmacist
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but i think my mind uh… well good luck
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mile
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soccer augmentation doctor hatcher
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toppling undergoing and education so i i spent their careers with alternative
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good history
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as a teacher performance short
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sir
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looked
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i thought
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english
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my ass
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insulted
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views
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well i went from lots a lot of great trip
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pascagoula involved college i thought mark texas uh…
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uh… talk via la recourse their people
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meyer
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you work na blues
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when war broke out
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unicorn fails i’ll
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students
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knowledge there’s place right here so up uh…
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enrolling in the perceived collars in august
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and by november the war growing up my own and uh…
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are talking to him about it
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and
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i asked him if they would uh…
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lockheed join the marines with me because it would get stay together
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and so through our city on the marines in your your
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here you were a lot
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they uh…
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talking a bit too warm you’re relaxing
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and uh…
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we want to go to camp
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an advanced training together but
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and two of us
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weren’t korea together
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that the other one got hurt
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wanted and uh… combat training in ankit california
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and uh… but wine and uh…
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are not the first person i a m
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he got in a second because
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people
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or
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are you know we’re all
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r_-rated
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i look over my house
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visions our news for three million
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welfare for a moment storeroom or
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and not all and uh… korean war or two in marry him
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and uh…
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he was gonna rome all for many uh…
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that’s the minor read we joined the marines that and we stay together
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off
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golfers him
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all it was on the radio
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radio we inhabit
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we didn’t have joey mcintyre
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piece
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they were talking about difficult
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first were in the region
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was having
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trying to get out of the children of war
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and uh…
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three oh
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uh… chinese had surrounded them and and and uh…
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and some of the papers head
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some things in there about
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newspaper
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about the war
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happen go once a week we join
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we didn’t wait for the girl even though the drop a lonely we joined in
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and we thought we could container educating we got back
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or
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are you reading up green area
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and uh…
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it was really
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in bad shape when i got older means your life if you want
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it
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right
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hu song
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i was in uh…
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my unit was in restore
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hospital reserve for four days
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and uh…
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minority
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which involves trying to do with a mark a lawnmower
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and
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and marine corps you go in as replacements
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and uh…
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so when i got
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slams in my unit there in reserve
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and uh…
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uh… mop
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but earlier estimated done what your melissa russian and uh… anymore
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and he said will be a gun
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martyr figure
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he he gave me a b_a_ are
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browning allah akbar awful
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and uh…
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turned out it was will most effective weapon inquiry of the building could for
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about four five around that
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between four and five
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and uh…
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and far far
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uh… you could you don’t know
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quite a few around
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old
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a punch bowl
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how was in the punch bowl police department
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uh… all-time modeler
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uh… real seven
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fourteen and
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uh… heels
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tilton
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but failed
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and the first marine
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regime
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uh… three days to take that he’ll
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animal
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and once we we lost
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manage them
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three-day not killed or wounded are or killed
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and and
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we’ll enter a day before from there
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to tell you know and and and uh…
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and send back in reserve
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hospital riverboat got way
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we were
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we need to me and so
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uh… electrified diaries and worked back couple he’ll like twelve
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all in the parking lot where
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and i got warning light oracle hiked well
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birthdate
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polio
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october twenty fail nineteen peter wong
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uh…
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uh…
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harem order out there and one more
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collected
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uh…
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i think they have down all mom job record
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problem one
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man general here
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when they go off by this
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come up while the ground
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doing damage
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but i heard uh… i was in charge and me and we were billed monthly for the
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winery getting kind of cool accompli
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twenty fails and and
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mom did not know how much of trees and we were
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picking up some old all around
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built in public
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and uh…
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our detectives more coming in a hurry
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head of state
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style
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and not
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so an ideal ahead team and uh…
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uh… you l for them
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they did
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i didn’t i didn’t like it
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and it’s done
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felt like a hit my back pocket but i don’t know if it’s twelve ba
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at lol mollified
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and uh…
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uh… i lost my laptop
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and rabble and well cya mumbai
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battles
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uh… on
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me
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i’ll never forget it
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they didn’t even knock me out
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i remember
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coming and getting me on my own
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and moves helicopter
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the lowest nashville reside
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came and got me into me tula max unit
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floral if possible
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and i stayed there
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to three days and they need to do seoul korea
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and then they flew me to tokyo
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and uh…
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i got all my endorsement to into uh… you ’cause could you pam
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walk
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record
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i don’t know i mean even
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tropical my friends at worldnet
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they couldn’t tell me
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uh…
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in combat
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sometime light they will
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they will slave thing like that
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you make it up on a lot
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ideas knowledge fell free of ah… you’ll
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even more recovery coming in
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you you know here my bob
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i mean i’m
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sing yes temple mind
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you never hear than usual
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you’ll
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sir
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at all
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ac happy l two what one idea is charged me and and
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and gave me a disability
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hotpot told leon but
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at and did
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i felt that they will
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it was uh… mortar
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and uh… later that month uh… who would later
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wanted this chart
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here’s a little
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purple heart
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this shows the memorial in washington d_c_
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instead of chapter
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i’d you on
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uh… the first time they organized
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and two thousand
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and i was
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president chapter for two years
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and then i’ll
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we had the golden state department
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and i was president state department for three years
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uh…
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leftover worksheet
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i was twenty years old when that happens so our guest
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overtime
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household evenly on them
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uh… i got my natural or crack
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but
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through the years i’ve gotten careless not workin
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but they’re not trying to reading it
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not natural walk by
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when i got over there
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the japanese
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by hand
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they had moved
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almost everyone down to the
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puts on
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the ocean
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and and and with uh…
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we find out some troops over there
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they they had the uh…
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for remuneration minded in general and the
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which cut off their supplies
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and i had to
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te calvin roland and get back to you
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the north korea
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and uh…
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it was
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you know it’s just
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had to give our country
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that’s what my you know is farm for imported though
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above first country that would follow right uh… and you know
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it really paid off
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at really it
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uh… of so many others with
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that come through
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and delhi
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the people
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orders extremely
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grateful
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and thankful
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i mean every time you
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argyll
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i’ve got up
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technol tag
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lama carving out purple heart
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and uh…
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at the longer book remember alot
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works for
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and every time
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cargo there
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kiki bathroom hereby are go there
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so grateful that
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she wasn’t she was monitored by their parent for
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he knows
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what took place
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word alliance
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joanne
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jail capital body and and
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and we’ve been married six years
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december
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only
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we want the same scuba gear in the first one i want singer
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mark and back
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she graduated when she received any so if you’ve been working couple years when
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i came back
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and t_v_ ratings
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huge shine so
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com bonner roared
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it seems that occurs
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who now
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i didn’t even go will you know i came back
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ice they are going with her in june
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after i got there sure are night borel
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and by september with sizing him here
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birds condo d
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not just your pussy willows
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light
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you have we used to step on the bus together
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and i used to kidder about hack keeps you aware of
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indian berkshire video
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because you have a lot of younger three years younger
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but uh…
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you have mahler
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basically
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arora
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or
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she rejected sector headband for two years debate in europe
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he’s ready sector for national hardware it’s a very holds little
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and she have to get through college
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besieged all yeah i i i have little
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through this very our own lol
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i mean i i would have a have to leave the case
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when we got there
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that’s all ahead
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user
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for
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uh… i’ve always thought
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parlour what dialogue
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now ameen
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i had all these problems emotionally and physically
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but she seemed on the plane
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it’s a beautiful part of uh… and any relationship got on the stand
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mahmoud
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we have to go
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audio absolutely
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oh yes
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arm
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uh… or began to q committee
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he’s a great way
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consume the sample
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one him
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perhaps for yeah she
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jiske
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not really
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all up
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first
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i had dreams about
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combat
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and loud wake-up
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and uh…
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are unusual rain and that uh…
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obey and fire five and
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not welcome
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would uh…
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wouldn’t far or something
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but i’d wake up
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as far
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p_d_a_s d uh…
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allelic of really head-on
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uh…
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and you are on the day
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and you don’t want to
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no
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and give me a creation
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and uh…
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contrary on that
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yours
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had to dock
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tumor twenty-five orange twenty eight
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and then
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uh…
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one is a dean ones feasting
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and it
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unlike most
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gadgets all
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that warm argues in the war
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are colin powell
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poorly forty-year uh… connell
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no project
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mccollum our guest because i didn’t think they were understanding
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or talking about called
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unless you’re there you know spam
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but you had wanted
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and not
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but what do your own destructor
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in two thousand
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he would use
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that’s when it was a stamberg i went to the first meeting ngo on
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these guys were there
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debut what i want to remind you what they want to know
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and we started talking
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that’s first-timer root out about it
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and
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cannot start talking about to migrate yet because i i want him to the nao
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about the war
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or fault
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result
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and all that
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cargo
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how schools as
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king here and when you hear
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would go out to
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here
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tell america program area
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i have developed out here and our chapter
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lehrer counter
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order prints
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yet
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do you know that they’re locked most
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when we go i have to first thing in it
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did you kill anyone
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you know that serving mentality
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there were few killzone and uh…
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artist tel aviv all year round
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urinal adl and you know you know users
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utero
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a lot
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some of the universities
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our study machine
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aural
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history
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department
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north texas
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has started one that came out then interviewed me and i wrote a book
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you strongly and i wonder if there are only
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first loyalists in their library in people it will allow
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uh… pot
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manner and and and and now
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or or history of of
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of war
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they can do so
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that that warm water and and people writing books that the mother
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and um…
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and things like
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we’re doing here i think barack for
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telemar program is a good one
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uh… we have a lot
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problem and anarchy abt ur ideas joan about four months ago
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and he was captain and the uh… ninety
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and
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he
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before you retire from one ninety
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page so i mean the
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four they actually was
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he was in my view during the korean war
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hero
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peach steadied
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the reason we weren’t there
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what we accomplished
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and and
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and what’s going on now and career
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and he goes around
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sa leader is
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two people
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the calcula groups what
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i’ll talk to any the uh…
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purveying
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heritage society
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sega ni rather than a chapter they want someone comes face too
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they only had about a hundred people adult
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and not will want
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things like that can spread the word
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was we we re re
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here was that will go
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history
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they’re not deliver good job with the dual textbooks
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quits tells the story of
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of a war
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or to one
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viet nam correa
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korea business known this for got more
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and uh…
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with a company so much further
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and lol so many people
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and uh…
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so many
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nations
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tonight bill payment
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either
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what’s that either
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are train the on so
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what section no olympics
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uh… i couldn’t believe it
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i could not believe uh… mccollum
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blues song was
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just that thing
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we were there and fifty one
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and um… i think it’s a
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uh…
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soulless
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uh… no straight to her yet
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uh…
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but not out he had seen it
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final
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the people rarely
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we had some
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some of the south koreans have been of karyam on food
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for saying it is a
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i’ve spent all my time in the in the uh…
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much more
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but iraq
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you know i would do it again uh… a promising on bob dole native people
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so long bike i’m crazy and
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after all a brown through book
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uh… but
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if you think about
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me since i was twenty years all
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having to get up every morning
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and phone this
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prostate tissue
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for our cargo bathroom
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known to the shower
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billed to the shower
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stayin
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all one way
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to take a shower
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not done that farm
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polly’s ear
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it will be
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orders argument
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it’s needed
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uh… it was fifty one
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prompting pete walker who feel
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an ob
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it film
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admin these days
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i didn’t
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one one when i was
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in college
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when you first hit
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get a prosthesis
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bruises
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own your style
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macaws your stump risky used to it like you’re for it when you’re walking
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and i’ll
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so revenues
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clashes
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i want the clashes on crutches
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and the reason i got my bachelor’s degree in three years ago about
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detective portion
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and acting in
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uh… of the year you yet
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your magic that takes to but
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the immune
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and and i got all my love for years
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yes
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houdini moreau and
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for about a year
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one one dario
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with thinking about it
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or went through in college
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and i said you know uh…
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i got all my degrees in four years
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and i worked on the locker duck duck down well-liked through the course of
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their mother
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an education but
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uh… i was a mom
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like forty not salad
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uh… undeveloped migraine headaches
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and i won’t spend time with a girl before iran are screwing
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derailed train and all that so
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but i have had a great life i wouldn’t change
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would change and i’m covered for up to throw it out
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mrs
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yahoo it we’ve got some great
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great people
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uh… i think our soldiers come back from afghanistan
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uh… uh… i’m so proud of them because thy
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day uh… really had had uh…
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but through
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all kinds of stuff over there it’s summary all
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remember
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what this country was built on
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and it would
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we came over
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they came over are pilgrim camo over
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so we get out for you know
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and uh…
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and and so pop pa site to young people
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you know
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it network
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freedom humphrey
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never has been
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since then
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since the revolutionary war
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and to always be paid to rally
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alway be page right
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you may like to go through war hope you don’t know
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if you do
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big hydraulic too
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the country in the flyer
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orchard