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Recalling Pacific invasions, Fred Long can laugh now


Fred Long now at his home in Grand Coulee. - Roger Lucas photo

Now, 95 years young, World War II veteran Fred Long walks with a slight stoop and uses a cane, but his health is fine and his power of recollection is keen.

Long, who has lived in the Grand Coulee Dam area for 25 years, was born in Oroville, and moved to the Renton area when very young.

He joined the National Guard in 1940, before the war broke out, was assigned to the quartermaster corps and learned how to drive truck (they were 1936 Chevys), Fred said. After a number of stateside postings, he was sent to Hawaii to prepare for the retaking of the Philippine Islands in 1944.

He remembers...

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