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Lodi’s Donald Nakashima receives Congressional Gold Medal for bravery

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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:00 am

During World War II, a young Japanese-American medic was running back and forth from the front lines during a fierce battle somewhere in France. He saw a gravely wounded soldier lying in the dirt, so he hoisted the man off the ground and carried him to the relative safety of the medical tent.

So many men were dying around him that the medic had no time to waste. He spun on his heel and darted back toward the line of fire to carry out the next casualty. Before he returned, the man had either been evacuated or died of his injuries. He didn’t know which.

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