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Eleanor Tingelstad remembers her brother LeRoy's return from World War II as her favorite Christmas memory. She said she still has the red manicure set he purchased for her that year at Christmas.

A Christmas tribute to LeRoy

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The World War II was over. Our family was waiting for LeRoy to come home. It was late fall and we expected him anytime.

I was in the 7th grade and 12 years old. I was up early one morning; it was still dark out. As I walked by the window, I saw a soldier walk by. I hurried to the entry to get the first hug from my brother.


Then I hollered, "LeRoy is home, LeRoy is home." Down the stairs come the three brothers, they had stopped to put their trousers on.

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