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From left, U.S. Navy veteran Bob Thomsen, 98, U.S. Air Force veteran Sam Schneidmiller, 92, U.S. Navy veteran Bill Lake, 87, U.S. Army veteran John Waterbrook, 72, U.S. Air Force veteran Morris Jones, 81, and U.S. Navy veteran Pete Reid, 89, laugh with each other while sitting around a table with coffee sharing stories and jokes at the McDonald’s Restaurant on Ninth Avenue during a weekly gathering.

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Walla Walla veterans find support in coffee, conversation

WALLA WALLA — Not one of the six men sitting in the back corner booth of McDonalds on Ninth Avenue earlier this week was serving in the military Dec. 7, 1941. Yet each eventually heard the call of duty because of that two-hour period when hundreds of Japanese fighter planes first attacked America, at a naval base on Pearl Harbor near Honolulu.

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