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Updated: 06/23/2014 08:00:01AM

Donaldson signed up to serve in WWII

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SUN PHOTO BY DON MOORE
Bill Donaldson today at 92, at home in Punta Gorda.

By DON MOORE

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When the Germans marched into Poland in 1939, starting World War II, Bill Donaldson and all the other young men in his senior class at Strong Vincent High School in Erie, Pa., went down to the local military recruitment center and signed up.

“I wanted to go to Canada and join the Canadian Air Force, but my dad wouldn’t hear of it. He said, ‘No. You’re going to stay here and fight for the United States,’” the 92-year-old Punta Gorda Isles resident recalled.

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