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Luck, and Zippo lighter, saved man in WWII

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Luck was on LeRoy Boyce's side on the day the U.S. 7th Army stormed the beaches of southern France in what later came to be known as Operation Dragoon.


On that day, Aug. 15, 1944, Boyce was among the 60,000 combat troops that went ashore in what was termed "the single greatest one-day effort of the Mediterranean war," according to VFW, September 1994.

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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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