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Updated: 10/21/2013 04:31:18PM

Col. Carl Hansen made Gen. Omar Bradley some teeth

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Maj. Carl Hansen stands with his back against the sea on the huge Army base at Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam, in 1968 during a tour to the beleaguered country.

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Col. Carl Hansen is pictured in his dress uniform before he retired from the Army in 1985, after 21 years in the regular Army's Dental Corps.

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Carl Hansen of Punta Gorda Isles today, at 77.

By DON MOORE

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Before completing 21 years of service in the U.S. Army’s Dental Corps, Col. Carl Hansen made five-star Gen. Omar Bradley — commander of the 12th Army Group in Europe during World War II, who also served as the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after the war — a set of dentures during the last years of his life.

“While serving at the Army base in El Paso, Texas, my most famous patient was Gen. Omar Bradley,” said Hansen, now 77 and living in Punta Gorda Isles. “The old general came to the office in uniform and you did whatever he asked.

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