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Merle Lashey Jr. shows a framed collection of military patches with his Army photo, taken when he joined to fight in World War II. He wears an Ohio State-emblem shirt and sits in a leather chair with a small, proud smile.
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Why was it the Greatest Generation? This WWII vet explains.

A World War II veteran and Ohio State alumnus, Merle Lashey Jr. lived through the years that defined his generation as the greatest. Above, he shares his experience and describes how the nation came together to support the war effort and our troops, young men like him. Run time is 2 minutes and 7 seconds.

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