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John O’Boyle, circled in red, is pictured with troops in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Submitted photo

World War II veteran John O’Boyle earns recognition from French government

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BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Board Room is not normally a place where the philosophical similarities of the French and American republics are discussed.

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But Wednesday, liberty was the foremost topic. And PFC John O’Boyle, decades removed from his service in World War II, delivered a speech that touched on the ideal, which remains the vanguard of democracy.

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Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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