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Former Sgt. Ron Klein for decades put nuclear bombs in many U.S. fighter/bombers

In U.S. Air Force on December 17, 2014 at 1:38 am
 "The Green Mountain Boys," the Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing from Burlington, Vt.,C stand in front of one of their F-16 "Falcon" fighters while on alert at Langley Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. after "9-11-2001." Photo provided

“The Green Mountain Boys,” the Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing from Burlington, Vt., stand in front of one of their F-16 “Falcon” fighters while on alert at Langley Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. after “9-11-2001.” Photo provided

For almost three decades Ron Klein of Port Charlotte, Fla. was involved in some of this country’s major military actions. Too young for Vietnam, he joined the Air Force in 1977 as an 18-year-old bomb loader.

Port Charlotte, Fla. man flew B-26 ‘Marauder’ in WWII

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on December 15, 2014 at 1:38 am
This is John Nemeth at 26 when he was flying a twin-engine attack bomber in the 9th Air Force in Europe. Photo provided

This is John Nemeth at 26 when he was flying a twin-engine  “Marauder” attack bomber in the 9th Air Force in Europe. Photo provided

By D-Day, June 6, 1944, former 1st Lt. John Nemeth of Port Charlotte, Fla. had flown 40 combat mission over Nazi-occupied Europe in a Martin B-26 “Marauder” bomber named “Johnny Come Lately.” He would fly 27 more in his bomber dubbed “The Widowmaker” by some because of its propensity to crash during takeoffs and landings.

Bill Hallo was Adm. ‘Bull’ Halsey’s favorite sailor aboard USS South Dakota in WW II

In U.S. Navy, World War II on December 10, 2014 at 1:38 am
 Fireman 3rd Class Bill Hallo of North Port shortly after he went aboard the battleship USS South Dakota in the Pacific during World War II. He fired the main stern guns on the ship. Photo provided

Fireman 3rd Class Bill Hallo of North Port, Fla. shortly after he went aboard the battleship USS South Dakota in the Pacific during World War II. He fired the main stern guns on the ship. Photo provided

Bill Hallo of North Port, Fla. fired the 16-inch main guns on the stern of the battleship USS South Dakota in some of the major battles in the Pacific during World War II. He was aboard ship firing away at the enemy at: Guam, Saipan, Tenian, New Guinea, Philippines, Luzon, Formosa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan.

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