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World War II vet Aubrey Thomas of Moorhead will be 90 years old on Saturday. Dave Wallis / The Forum

'I'd gladly do it again': US veterans of six wars share common love of country, sense of duty

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FARGO - It's been 20 years since the Gulf War, but Air Force Master Sgt. David Smith keeps a sobering reminder of his role in the campaign stored in a circular cookie tin.

Inside are scores of arming pins, many with their red plastic warning ribbons, pulled from the cluster bombs and Maverick missiles he loaded on F-16s he armed as part of the massive, relentless bombing that destroyed Saddam Hussein's army and freed Kuwait from Iraqi rule.

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