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Medal of Honor Recipient Is Grand Marshal of Homecoming

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Friday November 9, 2012

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Caption: Sixty years ago, a Marine risked his life by throwing his body on a grenade. Today, he’s the Grand Marshal of UF’s Homecoming Parade. Cpl. Duane Dewey, an 81-year-old Medal of Honor recipient, will lead the parade in a Marine Jeep. Following him were other veterans and two members of the Department of Defense’s 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. From: The Independent Florida Alligator. ~ http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_ca666b64-2a23-11e2-847b-0019bb296

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2. jennjeff1
6:45 AM GMT on November 12, 2012
WOW! ***SALUTE!!!*** Great story behind the photo--Semper Fi and Happy 237th Birthday Marine!

~Jeff
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1. gatorgal
3:51 AM GMT on November 12, 2012
Medal of Honor recipient is the Grand Marshal of Homecoming ~
Dewey received his Medal of Honor in 1953. He was near Panmunjom, Korea and serving as a machine gunner in Company E. He and his assistant gunner were hurt and receiving medical attention when a grenade landed near him. Dewey yelled for other Marines to get out of the way, while he “smothered the deadly missile with his body, personally absorbing the full force of the explosion to save his comrade from possible injury or death,” according to his Medal of Honor citation.
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My passion is photography. I love the natural areas, parks and preserves that are still a part of Florida. A resident of Gainesville since 1982, University of Florida employee, and enthusiastic photographer of nature and wildlife. I enjoy viewing and visiting places through your images and series. Photography is such a wonderful way to express yourself artistically and share the world around you. All comments and opinions are welcome. Marijka Willis gatorgalpics on Flickr

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