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Bob Brooks, with a photo of himself from World War II and the plank he was awarded when the USS Topeka was scrapped in 1975.

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Local WWII veteran remembers his ship, time served

Plattsburgh’s Bob Brooks entered the navy in 1944, right out of high school. Just over a year later, he was part of the first detachment of United States ships to bombard the Japanese mainland from the sea.

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