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Robert Lueben at work during his Air Corps days in World War II.

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On May 2, 1942, Robert Lueben was drafted into the U.S. Army.

Now, more than 60 years later, the longtime Detroit Lakes resident says it was luck -- and high test scores -- that landed him in the Air Corps a short time later.


But he didn't think he was so fortunate when he was sworn in that day.

"I don't think my heart ever dropped so far into my shoes in my life," he said recently.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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