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     January 28, 2021      #43-28 KDJ

Manteno veteran remembers grandfather's service on

By Phil Angelo

MANTENO — It was 76 years ago today that William I. Pedersen went ashore at Utah Beach as part of the 4th Infantry Division. June 6, 1944, was a day that would become forevermore known as D-Day.

Now his grandson, David Pedersen, serves as director of volunteers at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno, coordinating donations and community support for the 194 men and women who live at the facility.

“His life was as motivating factor in my choice of what I do here,” the younger Pedersen said. “I have so much respect for what these veterans did. They did not give up. ...

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