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Harold Fruetel recalls Thanksgiving of 1944 when he was in England, preparing with fellow soldiers for the Battle of the Bulge. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Bemidji man is thankful for a lifetime of memories

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By Molly Miron, Special to the Pioneer

BEMIDJI – Harold Fruetel, 94-year-old retired Bemidji postmaster, will celebrate Thanksgiving today with relatives, but he remembers a historic holiday feast in November 1944 when he was in England waiting to ship out for war. That Thanksgiving, he was with the 106th Infantry Division set to join in the largest land battle of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge.

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