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Sara Jane Clouse: Setting a Record Pace at 95

Sara Jane Clouse: Setting a Record Pace at 95

She’s a Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II and later earned a teaching credential and pilot’s license. Three years ago, Sara Jane Clouse embarked on a new adventure: swimming.

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Hal Mayo and Ernie Schwarz: A Tale of Two Survivors

Hal Mayo and Ernie Schwarz: A Tale of Two Survivors

One young sailor was “mad as hell” that a Japanese pilot was shooting at him. For another, watching torpedoes fall on Pearl Harbor was so unreal it was “like a dream.” Seventy-five years later, they recall the horrific events that unfolded one Sunday morning in 1941.

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Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Chester “Ski” Biernacki of Jamestown and Wally Walling of Valley Springs were among some 90 survivors who returned in December to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack. Walling has attended every anniversary since 2003, but it was Biernacki’s first. Writer Chace Anderson accompanied Biernacki to Oahu and visited with Walling while there.

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The View from 99: Marcie Sowa

The View from 99: Marcie Sowa

“I’m a busy woman,” says Marcie Sowa. “That’s what keeps me going. I have so much to do.”

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Alex and Jeannette Zweede: A Journey of Love, Hope and Survival

Alex and Jeannette Zweede: A Journey of Love, Hope and Survival

Alex and Jeannette Zweede share a lifetime of memories. The saddest are of war’s horrific toll on their families. The happiest: falling in love, and their journey together in the seven decades since.

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Denny Thompson: Life of a WWII Bombardier

Denny Thompson: Life of a WWII Bombardier

On American bombers during World War II, nine crew members risked their lives to put one man over the intended target: the bombardier, whose job was to release bombs on time and accurately. The mission was twofold, recalls veteran Denny Thompson, now 94: destroy enemy positions and make it back alive.

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Pearl Harbor: New Friends Share Moment in History

Pearl Harbor: New Friends Share Moment in History

Jamestown resident and Pearl Harbor survivor Chester “Ski” Biernacki, 94, was aboard the USS Helena and only 400 yards from Wally Walling during the Japanese attack (see Summer 2014  story, From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story). A

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Wally Walling: Witness to History

Pearl Harbor Survivor Wally Walling: Witness to History

Wally Walling was just 20 when he witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and its horrific aftermath. Now 95, he is one of few survivors who saw firsthand the toll of that day and of six Pacific invasions that followed.

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Allen Shrode: Fitness Among Friends

Allen Shrode: Fitness Among Friends

Allen Shrode helps fellow seniors stay in shape. His students may not be doing crunches or running races, but like their 91-year-old instructor, they know the value of sharing time with friends.

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Ken Baldwin: Surviving Depression

Ken Baldwin: Surviving Depression

The unforgettable story of a man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and lived.

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Mine Grassetti: Escaping the Holocaust

Mine Grassetti: Escaping the Holocaust

“In 1940 we knew what was coming for the Jews,” says Mine Grassetti, who looks back on her family’s terrifying trek to freedom.

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Steve Klesitz: Nine Years as a POW

Steve Klesitz: Nine Years as a POW

When he was released from Tiszalok prison camp in Hungary in late 1953, Steve Klesitz had spent one-third of his 27 years as a POW.

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Sonora Inventor: First Patent at 91

Sonora Inventor: First Patent at 91

The inventor has designed plenty of tools, but not until 2014, at age 91, did he think to patent one of his brainstorms.

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Maryly Wallof: The View from 96

Maryly Wallof: The View from 96

What’s Maryly Wallof’s secret to amazing vitality at 96? “I stay as active as I can,” she says. “Until I was 93, I didn’t feel like I was aging at all.”

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Lucky Lowman: That Fighter-Pilot Attitude

Lucky Lowman: That Fighter-Pilot Attitude

A retired fighter pilot who flew 52 missions in World War II and 185 in Vietnam reflects on war, luck and golf — a game in which, at 93, he remains a standout.

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Beginner’s Guide to Turning 65

Beginner’s Guide to Turning 65

With a milestone birthday looming, writer Chace Anderson sets out to demystify Medicare and Social Security.

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Artist Profile: Harry Nakamoto, Potter

Artist Profile: Harry Nakamoto, Potter

He sits at the wheel, and the 82-year-old hands on the clay are his. But inspiration for his work comes as much from her as it does from him.

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Artist Profile: Natalia Koshelkova, Illustrator

Artist Profile: Natalia Koshelkova, Illustrator

“Go the way that God gave you talent,” says illustrator Natalia Koshelkova. “My life taught me this.”

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FAN Reader Reunites Pearl Harbor Survivors

FAN Reader Reunites Pearl Harbor Survivors

When Cheri Shirey of Ione read how Ski Biernacki and the USS Helena survived a Japanese torpedo attack at Pearl Harbor (Friends and Neighbors, Summer 2014 issue), something sounded familiar. Shirey, 65, sent the story to her good friend Shirley

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Del Berg: Meet the Last U.S. Veteran of the Spanish Civil War

Del Berg: Meet the Last U.S. Veteran of the Spanish Civil War

In ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls,’ American Robert Jordan travels to Spain to join the fight against Franco and his fascist supporters during the Spanish Civil War (1936-’39). Like Hemingway’s hero, Del Berg joined the Republican cause, and today he is the sole surviving American veteran of that war.

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Joe Haratani: An American Story

Joe Haratani: An American Story

The 442nd became the most decorated combat unit in Army history. More than 30 percent of its 14,000 soldiers were killed or wounded, and 70 years later, few remain to tell its history.

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The Summer of 2014: Coping with Drought

The Summer of 2014: Coping with Drought

In a season of drought, do you save that 30-year-old flowering dogwood or your prize roses? Can you do both? Does your vegetable garden take priority over the lawn? How can you ensure pets and livestock have enough water to

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From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story

From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story

Chester “Ski” Biernacki survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the stricken USS Helena. It was a close call for the 19-year-old sailor – and it was just the beginning.

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust

Bearing Witness to the Holocaust

What Army scout Lee Dunlap saw on April 11, 1945 defied belief: the Mittlebau-Dora concentration camp.

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The View from 101: Bob Darling

The View from 101: Bob Darling

Who needs a bucket list if you’ve faced the Yankees in Boston’s Fenway Park?  Or put your arms around Marlene Dietrich? Bob Darling reflects on a century lived to the fullest.

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Memories of D-Day: U.S. Navy veteran James Mazzaferro

As the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaches, a U.S. Navy veteran who took part in that epic invasion recalls the mission, its toll and his role in history.

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Giving the Gift of Experience

Does he have too many ties to count and too few places to wear them? Does she have more earrings than she either wears or wants? Are there more tools, gizmos and gadgets around the house than you’ll ever use?

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Scout’s Honor: World War II Veteran Maury Hyder

Scout’s Honor: World War II Veteran Maury Hyder

World War II veteran Maury Hyder survived ship sinkings, an epic typhoon and combat. A globe-spanning State Department career followed. Looking back, he credits his success to the skills and creed he learned as a boy.

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Online Learning Puts the World at Your Fingertips

Here’s a guide to accessing the burgeoning world of distance learning. The best part? It’s all available from the comfort of home.

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Witness to History: The Sinking of the Shinano

By Chace Anderson “‘FIRE ONE came the call from the conning tower. Then the whole sub bucked,” recalls Tuolumne County resident and World War II submariner Don Deiss, now 87. “I was with 10 other guys in the forward torpedo room

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