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As a youngster, John Thomas Walior helped chisel George Washington's nose on Mount Rushmore as a worker for the Civilian Conservation Corps. In college, he played football for Notre Dame.

He was powerful singer, and was on his way to New York to join the Metropolitan Opera when his plans suddenly were changed: the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

He served as a B-17 Bomber in World War II and later in Korea. He spent more than 30 years in the Air Force and retired as a colonel.

Charles B. Laughlin spoke four native American tribal languages, German and English. He served overseas in World War II and later as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers landscape architect.

He designed golf courses for dozens of military installations around the world several in Europe.

According to his obituary in the Detroit News, Irving Romig, better known as Ricky the Clown, "put his heart and soul into his clowning. He lived and breathed being a clown."

Army doctor Norman "Jerry" Scott was the personal physician to Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Gen. Omar Bradley and had plenty of stories from serving the older officers.

Later in MacArthur's life, the general suffered from a terrible case of jaundice which made his skin very irritated and itchy.

"You know, Doc," MacArthur told Dr.Scott, "sometimes it itches so much, I almost
want to scratch."

Dr. Scott was amazed at the aging general's discipline.

"MacArthur does not scratch," the doctor would say.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 28, 2010; 8:21 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Gen. Omar Bradley, George Washington, Metropolitan Opera, Mount Rushmore, Notre Dame  
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