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Bill McNamara, second from right, receives the 2011 President’s Council on Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award from Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, and New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees.

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Alexandria: WWII Veteran Dies at 95

Bill McNamara survived Normandy invasion.

At 15 years old, Bill McNamara was determined to join the U.S. Cavalry. But when he walked into the local armory one Friday night, he was told he was too young. Not to be dissuaded, he walked around the block, stepped back inside and this time gave his age as 18 to the recruiter. The year was 1936 and McNamara had joined what would become America’s Greatest Generation, one of thousands who left for battlefields half a world away never knowing if they would ever see home again.


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