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Repaying a wartime debt

During the Vietnam War, Tom Lane borrowed $20 from a fellow soldier to buy an engagement ring. Now, his debt to Lodi's Larry Bliske has been repaid.

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Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:00 am

Larry Bliske was simply going through his mail a couple of weeks ago when he found a strange letter addressed to him, with $20 enclosed. The letter was from Amy Lane Van Cleve, the daughter of Vietnam veteran Tom Lane of Arizona.

Her father had told her a story about a friend in 1960s who had loaned him money to buy her mother, his high school sweetheart, an engagement ring. Van Cleve was surprised to hear that her father had never repaid the debt, because he would never “stiff” someone. The two Army vets never saw each other again after Vietnam.

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