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Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Donald Soderquist, Sibley, holds a copy of one of the thousands of pamphlets dropped on major Japanese cities warning citizens to leave prior to U.S. bombing attacks.

Soderquist fought polio, trained men in WWII

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SIBLEY, Iowa -- On the manual typewriter he keeps upstairs, Donald Soderquist carefully composed a three-page recollection of his time in the Air Force during World War II.


The memoir scarcely scratches the surface of his experience, but what stands out most is the postscript on the accompanying letter:

"P.S. We were not heroes. The real heroes never came back."

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