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Jimmy Newsom, one of the first U.S. sonar men

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He and his wife, Miss Fern, have lived there as long as I can remember — in the little house on Hico Road in Dubach with all the beautiful flowers and the manicured lawn so thick I probably still couldn’t pedal my bike through it.

Since, like me, they aren’t getting any younger, I try to visit with what Tom Brokaw called the greatest generation every chance I get.

But, it was really something Miss Fern said this past summer that sparked my curiosity. She mentioned that Jimmy wouldn’t be at the Fourth of July fireworks show at James Lake because “it reminded him of the war.”

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