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Veterans share story for national project

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

As Gordon Templeton says the Pledge of Allegiance, he remembers back to his days in the service, when he was 19-years-old.

"I enlisted in the Navy in July 12, 1939 because I was hungry," he said.

Now, at 93, Gordon is telling his story for the Veteran's History Project.

"This is a congressionally legislative project to collect and preserve the war time memories of American veterans," Director Bob Patrick said.

Camera crews interviewed veterans from across the country.

Today, they heard from veterans in Lincoln.

These videos will be stored in the Library of Congress for anyone to watch, an effort Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is supporting.

"Everyone who served their country is deserving of commendation and their last act of patriotism on our behalf is to leave that story behind," he said.

And for Gordon, he plans to leave his story for his family to pass on through the generations.

"My daughter said it was a good idea for me, she's got a grandson who's a Marine," he said.

To watch veteran interviews, go to www.loc.gov/vets and search "Veterans History Project".

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