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Updated: 11/02/2013 09:47:50AM

Sgt. Raymond fought at Battle of Okinawa during WWII

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When this photo was taken, Marine Pvt. Rudy Raymond had just gotten out of boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in 1943. He was 18 years old and on his way to the Pacific to fight the Japanese.

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Raymond had just become a radio operator who would eventually be assigned to Air Squadron 8 at Okinawa during WWII. Rudy is on the left and his buddy, whose name he can't recall after 70 years, is on the right.

SUN PHOTO BY DON MOORE

Now a Nokomis resident, Rudy Raymond still has his Marine pith helmet with the Corps emblem on the front. He can still fit into his green fatigue shirt after all these years.

By DON MOORE

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