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Charles “Gusher” Smith, a World War II sailor and long-time veteran’s advocate, marked his special day Nov. 11 — Veterans Day, which happened to be his 91st birthday. Joining Smith celebrating at Ticonderoga Elementary School were, from left, Gulf War veteran Nancy Paquette, Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Roy Harper and Vietnam War veteran Tom Provoncha.

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